When I am in Jamaica I long to have conversations with others whose concerns include the social conditions under which we live our lives. Often, this desire is extinguished under a blanket of silence. But this exhibition ruptures the pervasive lack of critical reflection. It probes our appearance. It is a form of revolt against psychic colonization that makes us voiceless. This is a role art can play; to mount a mirror in which we can reflect on ourselves. I believe it is here, in dialogue with images on Ocean Boulevard, that I begin to discover what I think and how I feel.
Deanne Bell, Ph.D, shares her thoughts on the National Biennial 2012 held at the National Gallery of Jamaica