Trinidad and Tobago
Kwynn Johnson holds a B.A. in Visual Arts, an M.A. in Cultural Studies and is currently pursuing a Practice-based research for a PhD in Cultural Studies. She has had six solo exhibitions in Trinidad and participated in numerous group shows in the past ten years. She has also exhibited in Guyana and Texas, and recently participated in the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Her current doctoral research concerns the town of Jacmel in Haiti and two of the town's emerging artists.
The overarching methodology for this show seeks to use the multiple platforms of new internet technologies. This process is a way in which to "dissolve the boundaries" which have separated art practices around the globe. These shows in the Tate's Oil Tanks allow us an opportunity to participate in a collaborative exhibition in London, with us in the Caribbean. Trinidad & Haiti - Visual Art Exchanges comes out of an 18-month series of exchanges and on-going conversations among the seven of us who are participating. Johnson, Ramesar and Kain from Trinidad, and Ambroise, Ernst, Craft and Faublas from Jacmel Haiti. Our seven interconnected bodies of work being presented range from film, sculpture, craft, drawing, painting and recuperated found materials. They centre on investigations in the context of Haiti, merging a view through a Trinidadian lens, with a Haitian visual language which speaks back to the viewer. This exchange has enabled critical conversations which continue to inform our art practices on both islands.