"Out of Many One People", Performance. 2014. Come and see it this Thursday. Show runs from 8-11pm at Panoply Performance Laboratory.

“Out of Many One People”, Performance. 2014. Come and see it this Thursday. Show runs from 8-11pm at Panoply Performance Laboratory.

“Out of Many One People”, 2014. Performance. 15 minutes by Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow
In “Out of Many One People” the recent state of events in Jamaica has become the focus of this work. The possibility of constructing a trans-shipment hub at Goat Islands, located off the south coast of St Catherine, Jamaica has been in debate with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in Beijing, China. The (CHEC) wants is 3,000 acres of land to build a shipping port. The government is aiming for the hub to be in operations by 2015 in order to coincide with the reopening of the Panama Canal. However, the building of this port would create a devastating impact to the Goat Islands and the surrounding coastal environment.
According to the Jamaica Environment Trust and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation the destruction of mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and endangered species could lead up to the degradation of the ancient dry limestone forest of Hellshire Hills and would only bring on the brink of an ecological disaster to the Portland Bight Protected Area.
Yet the Jamaican government is seeing this as a win-win opportunity with the CHEC as the CHEC promises to deliver 10,000 jobs to Jamaica.

In the performance “Out of Many One People” named after Jamaica’s national motto, and Jamaica’s meaning “Land of Wood and Water” may no longer be that. Moving images of Jamaica are projected onto the wall and plays for the entire duration. I will be running in place in front of the projection for the full length of the performance to reggae music. By doing this action I hope to add another layer of what we may commonly associate with Jamaica- the best track & field teams in history. So much glamour and praise is placed upon these athletes and the music year round that as not much seems to be said about the degradation of Jamaica’s natural landscape during the process of ‘economic development’. It goes without saying that Jamaica’s tourism may also feel the effects of such an investment. Why would tourists want to visit Jamaica if the environment is not environmentally safe, protected or socially responsible? Paradise may be lost but we can help it to prevail.

-Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow

Bibliography:

http://savegoatislands.org/

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/22/saving-goat-islands-jamaica/

Sign the petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/prime-minister-portia-simpson-miller-et-al-no-trans-shipping-port-portland-bight-protected-area-jamaica?utm_campaign=new_signature&utm_medium=email&utm_source=signature_receipt#share

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So continuing on this walk down memory lane -remember the EFA post I did back in October for their open studios and I highlighted new EFA studio member Toyin Odutola. You can refresh your memory here. Well Toyin currently has a solo show at Jack Shainman’s NYC Chelsea gallery on 24th street closing at the end of this month.

Like the Sea

May 1 – 31, 2014

JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY

524 West 24th Street

(between 10th & 11th Avenue)

New York, NY

Culled from Black Artist News’ original post announcing the exhibition here.

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While in Chelsea you might want to check out Howardena Pindell’s solo exhibit at the Garth Greenan Gallery529 West 20th Street closing today. You can read about the artist and her work on display in Hyperallergic here. And right down the block you can catch Adrian Piper’s The Probable Trust Registry at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery at 545 West 20th Street. A participatory exhibit not to be missed, also closing at the end of this month. 

Remember the March tARTreads post where tART artist Clarity Haynes recommended the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life by Sharon Louden.  You can refresh your memory here. Well  guess who is coming to town(all the way from  Brooklyn) to moderate a discussion in Manhattan but Sharon herself.

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So mark your calendars – AGAIN!  

THE ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS(EFA)

presents

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Forum for Discussion

Moderated by Sharon Louden

this Wednesday May 7th 2014 6pm

EFA Project Space 2nd floor

FREE

323 W. 39th Street (btwn 8th & 9th Ave.)

And did you know the book was named one of Hyperallergic’s top art books of 2013 and is already in its fourth printing in five months. Enough said  right – oh but wait if you are not totally convinced to attend check out her about page here on her website.  You can find more details on the forum discussion and panelists line up here.  And if you come early check out RBPMW next door where I am a member.

 
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“what i do as an artist”

Cartoonist Alex Gregory.  Check out this very funny podcast interview with Alex (and Matt Diffee-previous Friday Funnies post) on You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes here. Selected from Robert Mankoff’s post of favorite cartoons picked by the readers of the New Yorker MagazineYou can check out the post and cartoons submitted hereImage credit newyorker.com

a post by Ann deVere

The In-Between Places of Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s Visual Art Practice

 

A special Thank- you to Jacqueline Bishop for her thoughtful article on my work in the Huffington Post.

I like that she brought up the importance of the state of the natural resources in our shared homeland, Jamaica.

We hope that this message gets across to the right people.

Jodie

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“face-painting”

Cartoonist Matthew Diffee. You can follow him on twitter here. Selected from Robert Mankoff’s post of favorite cartoons picked by the readers from the New Yorker MagazineYou can check out the post and cartoons submitted hereImage credit newyorker.com

a post by Ann deVere

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“somehow, someway”

Cartoonist Gahan Wilson.  Selected from Robert Mankoff’s post of favorite cartoons picked by the readers from the New Yorker MagazineYou can check out the post and cartoons submitted hereImage credit newyorker.com

a post by Ann deVere