The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) and Queen’s Park Gallery (QPG) present the visual art exhibition Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices by Barbadian Artists, which opens at the QPG, Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm, and will run until Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

In sociology, the term ‘social geometry’ is a theoretical strategy which uses a multi-dimensional model to unpack and understand societal behaviours. Paired with the mathematical meaning of geometry as the properties and mapped relationships between points, lines, surfaces and even solids, Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices as an exhibition explores a wider definition of the medium of ‘drawing’ as used by Barbadian artists as a reflection/deflection of their social space.

Connections between drawings, objects and varied facets of historical and present-day Barbadian experiences are explored through both traditional and contemporary imagery and media. This multifarious approach expands the boundaries around what ‘drawing’ can mean as a practice, and how we can draw literal and figurative lines between works by different generations, their ideologies, and ways of questioning, perceiving and empathizing with our local communities.

This exhibition proposes to be laid out in the following five sections, based on the five variables of Social Geometry:

  • Morphological – The physical interactions
  • Vertical – The inequalities
  • Corporate – The organization/integration
  • Cultural – The freedom of expression
  • Normative – The extent of control

Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices engages with this model to interrogate, agree with or defy these variables, reflecting through multiple processes of drawing, the complexity of Bajan society.

This show is guest curated by Barbadian artist and writer Katherine Kennedy, and features work by Simone Asia, Ewan Atkinson, Theresa Bailey, Ras Ishi Butcher, Alison Chapman-Andrews, Adrian Compton, Annalee Davis, Henry Fraser, Mark Gajadhar, Versia Harris, Mark King, Rosemary Pilgrim, Kia Redman, Akilah Watts, Chris Welch and Kraig Yearwood.

For more information, call 427-2345/429-3117 or email kathkennedy@gmail.com.