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To respond to the archive in Autograph's Making Jamaica exhibition, we invited contemporary artist Ingrid Pollard to apply her signature hand-tinting technique to five large-scale prints made from scans of the original postcards by Valentine & Sons.
This new commission, The Valentine Days, marks the 30th anniversary of Pollard’s seminal Pastoral Interludes, a series of five hand-tinted photographs that depict lone black figures in the rural English countryside, juxtaposing landscape, portraiture and text. These works are now on display in our Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s exhibition.
"Very moving and beautiful work"
Ingrid Pollard was born in Georgetown, Guyana. In the 1980s she was part of a constituency of British artists who championed black creative practice, showcasing her work in group exhibitions such as The Thin Black Line at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1985), D-Max (1987) and Self-Evident (1995), both at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Many of her projects are published in the Autograph ABP monograph 'Ingrid Pollard: Postcards Home' (2004). Steeped in an ambiguous heritage of Wordsworth and the Romantic Poets, her photographs explore the beauty of the English landscape and coastline, alongside the memories hidden within Britain's history and its relationship to Africa and the Caribbean. Her interest in the layers of history is echoed in the accomplished use of 19th century photographic techniques. Pollard defines her own work as ‘a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens-based media’, often questioning social constructs such as Britishness, or the notion of home and belonging.Read More
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The archive images in Making Jamaica are exhibited courtesy of the Caribbean Photo Archive, a private collection based in New York and owned by Patrick Montgomery.
Banner images: Newly commissioned work by Ingrid Pollard, 2016. From the Caribbean Photo Archive. Page images, from left: 1) Jamaica Boys Brown & Dawson, c. 1890. Courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive. Newly commissioned work by Ingrid Pollard [detail[, 2016. From the Caribbean Photo Archive.