1969 Gallery presents, in collaboration with John Wolf, Repose a two-person exhibition featuring the works of Alanis Forde and Akilah Watts, both artists-in-residence at Mana Contemporary. Our collective experience of repose has transformed throughout history. During a time when perspectives on labor and stillness are in deep flux, here we receive a glimpse into the cultural projection of repose as these two Barbadian artists reflect their lived experience of growing up in an “island paradise”.
Alanis Forde states:
“I am interested in escapism and what it means to live in a paradise space that is seen as a vacation or escape for others. What then is my escape? My paradise? That ‘third’ escape is what I am searching for. By creating my own paradisiacal landscapes a new concept emerges. Through my continued research culminating in the body of work I have created, I steer the conversation between feeling comfortable in my homeland and wanting to escape. There is a continuous dialogue between the figures and the paradise it’s submerged within. The use of dotted textures and vibrant patterns allows the viewer’s eye to be in constant motion, transporting them into paradisiacal spaces. The recurring figures are called proxies characterised by their blue dotted skin and red lips. These proxies navigate these landscapes documenting the essence of what it means to be both trapped and free of paradise.”
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