Arrival review, short-form

Jamaica- and Atlanta- based artist Cosmo Whyte’s exhibition The Enigma of Arrival conveys the artist’s relationship with his two homelands and their scarred history. In “Red, Green, Blue and Black” a neon sign proclaims We Process VISAS AND GREEN CARDS here. Below, inside a broken porcelain bowl featuring America’s founding fathers, a portrait of Frederick Douglass is situated in a pile of sparkling indigo-blue sand, strewn with pieces of George Washington’s face across the floor. Pieces like this one make tangible the alienation and contention of colonialism, baggage the artist carries with him between worlds.

 

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