FrostArt to Open Two New Exhibitions About Identity SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATE NATIONS and BORDERS OF PARADISE, 6/8
FrostArt (The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU) introduces two new exhibitions, both of which feature art as a tool to establish identity: How we see ourselves and how we perceive others, now and in the past. The two exhibitions, Six Degrees of Separate Nations: Ebony G. Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi, and Borders of Paradise: In the Eyes of Explorers, will have an opening reception on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Frost Art Museum, from 6pm-8pm. The wine and hors d'oeuvres reception is open to the public and free of charge.
Peterson Kamwathi, Mask II, 2013, Charcoal on paper, Image courtesy the artistThe featured artists in the Six Degrees of Separate Nations, Ebony G. Patterson and Peterson Kamwathi, are from vastly different parts of the world, Jamaica and Kenya, respectively. Despite the geographical distance between them, they ironically share much in common. The influence of colonialism and the repercussions of colonial history have impacted how these artists perceive themselves today, as well as how they place themselves in proximity to the "other". A significant theme underlying both artists' work - and thus the exhibition - is the examination of social behavior, specifically that of performance and theatricality. Ebony's documentation, staging and appropriation of contemporary fashion, its insignia and pattern, explore the implicit link of dress code to social and political expression. Peterson Kamwathi, on the other hand, depicts theatrical social performance without appropriating its modes; rather taking on the role of an observer, he extra cts modes of behavior, staging scenarios that express the farcical nature of masquerade inherent to social conventions, and imposed political norms that are both inherited from colonial rule, and re-appropriated.