“For my exhibition at the castle of Blandy- les-Tours I want to present a series of works, which deal with questions of power and identity by using the idea of ‘customs’ as a ritualized tradition as well as a duty or tax and relating it to ethical issues of allegiances, control, and protection.
My own personal history of being an artist born on the so called third world island of Jamaica but living in the so called first world country of the United States has made me acutely aware of immigration and political strategies intended to influence cultural trajectories.
My work is a merger of defiant optimism, futile ambitions and invented solutions using cross-cultural references, regulatory codes, personal memory and chance.
The rich history of Blandy-les-Tours and its present status as a rare example of medieval military architecture makes it an ideal context for a dialogue about confrontation, trade, and resistance.
I am looking forward to presenting works in a space that is not entirely a ruin, not entirely authentic or fictional, yet speaks of its own preservation. This condition translated to a spiritual state I understand and as an artist and cultural worker I embrace.”