"Living Her-Stories of Sugar" at WaveHill, Bronx, NY
Recap video by Coralina Rodriguez Meyer
Installation views as part of Residency Unlimited NYC 2023 cohort exhibition at PS 122 NYC, "in pieces..."
All photographs except "1 Machete: Black & Gold" by Ettiene Frossard
Featured in the exhibition is the video Meet Me in the Sky Parlor, based on histories of enslavement in the Caribbean and the sugar industry in Scotland. Set in a black room installation created and documented by Amy Sinclair, Lyn-Kee-Chow portrays Mary Williamson, a mixed-race enslaved Jamaican woman in the late 18th century who was sold to a white man to be his wife. In the video, the artist wears a costume that she designed for her original performance as Williamson in the 2022 play Living Histories of Sugar, informed by a letter that Williamson wrote in 1809 in Hanover, Jamaica. The letter sat in a Scotland attic for decades until 2016, when a history student brought the letter belonging to their family to Diana Paton, a professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. _Rachel Guggelburger
In Life & Valor
Ink on paper
Diptych 30” x 44” each
Photographed by Etienne Frossard
In Life & Valor the artist renders in ink life-sized versions of tools and weaponry once used by Gold Coast West African people. It is based on a 17th-century engraving by G. Child.
This work was part of an exhibition for Residency Unlimited titled "in pieces..." Curated by Rachel Gugelburger.
A Case for Mary Williamson
82 x 55 x 12 inches
Risographs, LED candles, vinyl, found candleholders, Stainless Steel wine glasses, found glass vase, soil, live bean plant encased in built-in cabinet
Installation views closed and open
Photographed by T. Pelichet
Created as part of a solo exhibition, "The Estate Special", Triangle Arts Alumni Residency, Governors Island.
The exhibition includes new works on paper referencing archived testimonies of enslaved and free Jamaican women which was incorporated in an international performance collaboration titled, Living Histories of Sugar which made its debut in Fall 2022 at The Institute of Jamaica Museum, Kingston, Beacon Theatre, Greenock, Scotland and St. Cecilia’s Hall:Concert Room & Music Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland. The performance is directed and produced by Dr. Marisa Wilson, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Sarah Williams’ Testimony
Ink on paper
42” x 31” inches
Photo by T. Pelichet
Drawing using archived text/testimony of an enslaved woman. This work informed the development of further imagery for a performance titled, "Living Histories of Sugar". The performance is directed and produced by Dr. Marisa Wilson, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Solo exhibition at Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY
Photos courtesy Five Myles
(IN)Complete Formation at Putty's Coronation