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Ebony G. Patterson

  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.
  • Ebony G. Patterson, Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, 2014, Jamaica. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo: Monique Gilpin and Philip Rhoden.

Invisible Presence: Bling Memories, April 27, 2014, Kingston, Jamaica

In Jamaica, socioeconomic divides are apparent in the island’s carnival, when the country’s middle- and upper-class residents frolic in streets they would not otherwise visit. The carnival has always been viewed as exclusionary; because of its very commercially driven structure, many are unable to partake in the festivities. But though it is an adaptation of pretty mas’, a Trinidadian carnival, the traditions of ole mas’—costumes, pageantry, and protest—are still present.

Invisible Presence: Bling Memories seeks to interrupt the space of the visible with that of the invisible by inserting into carnival, a publicly viewed spectacle, a moment of presence for the unseen of society. It attempts to call attention to growing traditions grounded in pageantry, masquerade, and dancehall, and specifically to the practice of the bling funeral. The bling funeral, an increasingly popular gesture in Kingston’s working-class communities, has developed to proclaim one of the most powerful declarations of individuality: You may not have noticed me when I was alive, but you will damn well see me as I leave.

Updates

Ebony G. Patterson featured in The New York Times

EN MAS’ artist Ebony G. Patterson’s caskets from her performance Invisible Presence: Bling Memories have been highlighted in The New York Times.

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Invisible Presence: Bling Memories in the Jamaica Observer

Susanne Fredericks recently wrote about Ebony G. Patterson’s performance Invisible Presence: Bling Memories for the Jamaica Observer.

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ARC Magazine announces Invisible Presence: Bling Memories

ARC Magazine announces Invisible Presence: Bling Memories by artist Ebony G. Patterson. Image courtesy of Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

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About the Artist

Ebony G. Patterson

Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, b. 1981) received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2006), and her BFA from Edna Manley College in Kingston (2004). She is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Awards include a William H. Johnson Prize Finalist (2013), a Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica (2012), Small Axe Magazine and Andy Warhol Commissioned Grant (2012), and a Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies (2011). Recent exhibitions include dy/nas/ty, Patterson’s first US solo museum exhibition, at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Pérez Museum in Miami.


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