Giving a voice to 18th Century women in the Caribbean

Repeating Islands


A Barbadian artist who has spent much of her career giving voice to people who historically had no voice — 18th Century women in the Caribbean, will be in Bermuda to speak about her work at the Bermuda National Gallery (BNG), as Jessie Mniz reports in this article for Bermuda’s Royal Gazette.

Joscelyn Gardner will give a lecture on Thursday called “ … and others, of the Female Sex …”: Addressing Silences in the Colonial Archive.

She is known for her printmaking and multimedia installation artwork, and provocative images that explore the female identity in the context of Colonial plantations. Her work is meant to open conversation about history, race, relationships and power. One series of her work that explores the lives of female slaves uses a combination of African hair styles, iron collars used in slavery and plants that can cause abortion. Another series looks at the more…

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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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