Gallery visit | Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica & the Diaspora

Over the summer I had the opportunity to visit the RWA in Bristol which was exhibiting a collection of work by various Jamaican artists. Needless to say, I was inspiring to see the range of ways various practicing artist  from Jamaica and its diaspora are making responses to life on and off the island.

A lot of the work in the collection focussed on making social commentary on the realities faced by Jamaicans on the island which allowed me to see things I had learnt about the inner cities in a different light, as it was depicted by the people who live there. This gave me a more in depth view of the situation. For me this experience highlighted the need for marginalised people to be able to communicate their own stories, instead of the representation being solely produced by the western and main stream media.

Parys Gardener

I’m a Bristolian studying illustration and visual communication in London and I like to base my work around both everyday experiences as well as documenting  my journey through life as a black woman of Jamaican decent. I’m interested in identity, sociology and culture and work across a range of mediums.