Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ The Art Academy (formerly Newington Library), 155 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RS
Desrie’s works form a critical response to the social, cultural and political awareness of her existence as a black woman born in Guyana and the effects of being brought up in the UK, in an area in London where her family were the only black people in the neighbourhood, and Desrie the only black child in her primary school.
The artist’s collection of life-size sculptures and installation is set to be an emotive showcase focusing on art for empowerment to provoke dialogue and affect change. ‘Liberated’ challenges preconceived conceptions and stereotypes of the black woman in the West.
Drawing on her own experience of growing up in the UK, Thomson-George tells the story of her alter ego, Jilo, her struggles and journey to survival. Desrie’s impassioned presentation of Jilo’s invisibility while being visible, and the irony of this is perceptive. The artist works with recycled metal, glass, paper and textiles, sometimes pressed into jesmonite and plaster moulds, to reflect the complexities of Jilo’s experience and who she is.
“I believe I am descended from a long line of storytellers or West African ‘Griots’ – someone who passes on their society’s history, especially through stories, poems, and music. Because for as long as I can remember, stories have been recounted vividly around me, usually with a moral message. They continue to play a significant role in my life.” Desrie Thomson-George
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