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KROMANTI – 21ST NOVEMBER 2018

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to present Tyrone Deans’ latest solo exhibition, “Kromanti”. The exhibition includes work made at the artist’s studio in St.Thomas, Jamaica. Most of the works have been made specially for this exhibition.

“Kromanti”, a language related to the Akan language group which is spoken by Jamaican Maroons, combines Tyrone’s vehement technique and unusual pallet with brightly coloured ‘Ghanaian’ batik fabrics.

Tyrone is interested in the history of these global trade routes, the links between Ghana and Jamaica through colonisation and the dutch made batik fabrics as a way into exploring European influences on Africa.

“Kromanti” explores the history of Jamaican “Maroons”, descendants of independent communities of former runaway slaves.

This new body of work explores issues of culture, race, migration and class through the media of painting, collage, photography and film. Influenced by his Jamaican heritage, Tyrone questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions.

The exhibition will also features two videos from multimedia artist Charlotte C Mortensson, entitled “Art as Architecture” and “Cave”.

“Cave” looks at Quao’s Cave in Jamaica, named after one of Granny Nanny’s brothers.

Mortensson is interested in architecture, particularly where buildings develop organically, without official planning.

Her interests and ideas are explored through photographic and video projects about the effects of slavery and colonialism in Jamaica, specifically with reference to land rights and building techniques.