Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

The Competing Politics of the Jamaica Biennial – Hyperallergic This year’s biennial was a mash-up of claims and interests that played out in four exhibitions grouped under one umbrella.

To mark the occasion, the Marley family is readying 4 very special reissues of the classic album which featured “Jamming,” “One Love / People Get Ready,” “Natural Mystic,” “Roots,” and many more timeless songs.

The reissue will feature Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, a “restatement” of the original album created by Ziggy Marley.

Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN“Golden Kicks/Where You Get Dem Clarks (2016) | Cosmo Whyte

Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNInstallation view of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at the National Gallery |

Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN“Send Love Inna Barrel” (2016–17) | Kelly-Ann Lindo

Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNInstallation view of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 in a corner of the National Gallery |

Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNInstallation view of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at the National Gallery in Kingston |

Jamaica, Jamaica Politics, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN“High-Sis in the Garden of Heathen” (2017) | Phillip Thomas


Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola (the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Jamaica is the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean, by area.

Inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Many of the indigenous people died of disease, and the Spanish imported African slaves as labourers. Named Santiago, the island remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England (later Great Britain) conquered it and renamed it Jamaica. Under British colonial rule Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on slaves forcibly transported from Africa. The British fully emancipated all slaves in 1838, and many freedmen chose to have subsistence farms rather than to work on plantations. Beginning in the 1840s, the British imported Chinese and Indian indentured labour to work on plantations. The island achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. (Wikipedia).