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A photograph says a thousand words but when seen through the resolution and tinge of black green and gold, the words that seem to resonate are “a fi wi sinting.” This was the profound sentiment that was echoed by 250 UK-Jamaicans at the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in London on July 24, 2012. The reception was of a deep powerful sense of nation pride.
Mounted by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation,“Interpretations: The Jamaican Experience – A look into our journey over the last 50 years,” is a retrospective collection in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of political Independence from Britain.
The collection features juxtaposition between age and experience in the form of photographs taken by celebrated UK-Jamaican photographer, Neil Kenlock and a view from fresh eyes in the form of photographs taken by rural high school students in the JNBS Foundation’s advocacy through photography programme, Resolution Project.
Leesa Kow, General Manager of JN Money Services Limited captures the essence of this 5 decade spanned pictorial by stating that Kenlock’s fifty interpretive pieces chronicle the journey of Jamaican migrants to the UK during the 1960s and 1970s, and visually represent the struggles and triumphs of Jamaicans in their adopted country, while the student images celebrate the best of Jamaica today from a youth perspective.
Nostalgia was a powerful and shared emotion as some relived moments of their childhood through the pictorial. Guest Denese Gasche commented that “the student work was remarkable. I was particularly impressed by their ability to capture ‘the human moment’ in their photos. My children have never been to Jamaica. I was able to tell them about my childhood through some of the photos in the exhibit.”
The exhibition runs Mondays through Saturdays, between noon and 7:00 p.m.; and will close on August 15.