Art Exhibition: Asher Mains’ “Everything is Peachy in Babylon”

Repeating Islands

Grenada-raised Asher Mains infuses “Dreaducation” with Bob Marley’s lyrics while channeling Pollock & Kahlo), writes The Bajan Reporter’s AirBourne. “Everything is Peachy in Babylon” is Asher Mains’ most recent exhibition project. It is on view at the Gallery of Caribbean Art in Speightstown, Barbados.

One of the big attractions is the “Wings to Fly” installation where people are encouraged to stand in front of the ten foot wings to be able to envision themselves with wings to fly (above the destructive systems that entangle us).

Artist’s statement (“Everything is Peachy in Babylon”):

The concept for “Everything is Peachy in Babylon” is an anti-ad campaign sarcastically pointing at the promises and illusions of the American dream and the glorification of imperial systems. Growing up in the Caribbean and later pursuing university education in the States, I realized that the empty promises that fuel American ideals still draw people from abroad…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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