I recently wrote (on another blog site, dailyveritas.com) about the disturbing actions of police officers (however good their intentions) in painting out/obliterating the vibrant street art that we see, especially in inner-city communities. I view this as censorship and do not see any value in destroying the work of these community artists (many very skilled) in the name of crime prevention. It will be quite ineffective, anyway, I suspect. Interestingly, the National Gallery of Jamaica just opened an exhibition of street art. Here are comments by the National Gallery’s Chief CuratorCharles Campbell.
The following is the curatorial introduction by NGJ Chief Curator Charles Campbell, which was presented at the opening of the Anything with Nothing exhibition on May 25:
I hope that the exhibition largely speaks for itself but I will share a few thoughts about the process of putting the show together and the issues it raises.
My interest in Jamaican street art began when I was here in the 90’s and volunteered as a photographer for Sharon Chako on one of the first efforts to research and document the phenomenon. But it is really the independent research of our assistant curator Monique Barnett-Davidson that the current exhibition is built on. Monique has spent time in the last three years documenting murals and meeting many of the artists and without her work it certainly would not have been possible to put this…
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