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Performance: Jodie-Lyn-Kee Chow, Living Herstories of Sugar
Exploring performance and installation, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s work draws from the nostalgia of her Jamaican homeland, Caribbean folklore, fantasy, feminism, globalism, spirituality and environmentalism. Her performance Living Her-Stories of Sugar is adapted in part from the 2022 play Living Histories of Sugar, directed by Dr. Marisa Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with scholarly research accredited to Diana Paton, William Robertson Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh. In the original production, Lyn-Kee-Chow was one of six performance artists and scholars on the three-year project who have generational or familial links to the histories of enslavement in the Caribbean and the sugar industry in Scotland. In her performance at Wave Hill, taking place on Jamaica’s Independence Day (August 6), she reprises two of her original roles in the play, with monologues by Sarah Williams, an enslaved Black woman, and by Mary Williamson, a free mixed-race woman of African and European descent who addresses the importance of gardening as a strategy of survival and resistance.
Living Her-Stories of Sugar was commissioned by Wave Hill on the occasion of the exhibition This Place We Once Remembered.
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Lyn-Kee-Chow is a Jamaican-American interdisciplinary artist living and working in Queens, NY. She combines various media, wearable sculpture and readymade objects to create hybridized utopian environments that question moments in history when certain political views and archetypes have been lost or dismissed. Exhibitions include Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora, Royal West Academy of England, Bristol, UK; and the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston; among many others. Solo exhibitions have been held at Boston Children’s Museum, MA; Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, San Francisco, CA; Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY and Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY. Lyn-Kee-Chow’s work has won her a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art; a Rema Hort Mann Artist in Community Engagement Award; and support from Franklin Furnace Fund, Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice and Queens Art Fund. Residencies include Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace in 2022 and Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY. She earned an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from New World School of the Arts, University of Florida.
Photo: Torris Pelichet. Courtesy of the artist.