A sample of Grace Jones arrives in the United Kingdom that addresses other facets of the pop culture icon such as the creation of performance
Without a doubt Grace Jones came into the world to revolutionize the vision of fashion, music and cinema of the 80s and 90s. Grace Liberty Jones was born in Jamaica in 1948 and at the age of 13 she left the island to move to New York
However, it was also the pioneer that eliminated binary systems, in the areas of gender, sexuality, race and other conventions. This was largely thanks to Noel, Grace’s brother and a homosexual who moved through the gay circles of the city, and his sister with him.
Based on these ideas, the curators Cédric Fauq and Olivia Aherne decided to set up the exhibition Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio. In it they gathered images that explore ideas of black image making and gender binarism.
And it is that, at the beginning of the 80s Jones adopted a severe and androgynous image, with a square and angular haircut (“flat-top”) and the use of padded clothes. A strong visual presence that took to the stage thanks to the intervention of the French designer Jean-Paul Goude, with whom he had a son.
From the curators’ perspective, the work for this exhibition “displayed a range of Grace Jones: from disco queen to cyborg dub; Jamaican to French; catwalk model for nightclub performer ».
Another cool thing is that the show will also include works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynn Goldsmiths, Roland Barthes, ACT UP, Robert Mapplethorpe, legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa, and more. Jones was a diva and muse whose merit was due to her intrepid experimentation, provocative lyrics, sonic innovation, disruptive performances, etc.
And if that was not enough, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio he also delves into set design, music, and fashion. So we will see the multifaceted essence of the artist in various disciplines. In the end, the exhibition seeks to compile a journey through time that manages to capture the relevance of Jones in the arts.
Finally, the exhibition will open on September 26, 2020 and will remain available to the public until January 3, 2021 at Nottingham Contemporary. And, speaking of exhibitions, don’t miss Edgar Orlaineta’s virtual exhibition at Proyectos Monclova.