Harris show at Brighton Storeroom in April

Exhibition of Barbadian artist Versia Harris, As above, so below, opens April 2 and runs through April 28. The exhibition is accompanied by a text written by Dr. Allison Thompson, art historian and curator.

As above, so below is a multimedia installation combining numerous artifacts and found objects to form a fantastical landscape of strange cattle, decapitated heads and inverted faces.

Together, under a strange light, these surreal objects form imaginary and physical “bodies” that play with our conscious and our subconscious to evoke heaven and earth.

Addressing the human condition, identity, land, control, power and hierarchy, Harris says she wants to “explore the connections between conflict, struggle, aggression and beauty, history and triumph”.

Harris earned a BFA in Studio Art in 2012 and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan US in 2019. She received a Fulbright Laspau Scholarship in 2017/2018 and the Errol & Nita Barrow Empowering Scholarship in 2017.

Other awards include the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services New Beginnings Award in 2019; Best Animated Short Award/Barbados Film and Video Association Festival /2015 and Best New Media Film Award/Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival/2014.

Harris has done artist residencies in the Caribbean and in North and South America. She has exhibited in group exhibitions, film festivals and biennials in London, China, Nigeria, Moscow, Michigan (USA) and Aruba and continues to exhibit internationally, while teaching at Barbados Community College.

The Brighton Storeroom has health and safety measures in place to prioritize the well-being and peace of mind of visitors.

The gallery is well ventilated and protocols related to social distancing, sanitizing and wearing masks will be
To be in place. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Saturday and by appointment. (PR)

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