FRIDAY 1/19 FROM 5:30-8 PM
Ten Days Before Freedom, A Hymnal is a new and monumental photographic installation by artist Kara Springer that features a series of photographs taken in Fox Hill, Nassau, a historic site founded in the early 1800s by liberated Africans in The Bahamas. Fox Hill is said to be the last village to receive news of emancipation from bondage for Africans in the British Caribbean, ten days after the initial decree of freedom in 1834. This latest exhibition of Springer’s work presents large photographic prints in sculptural mass that occupy the gallery floor. Taken in a churchyard in the town of Fox Hill, the series of images shown in repetition offer space for a closer contemplation of the precarious nature of transition, of faith, and of building towards freedom.
Kara Springer is a visual artist and industrial designer of Bajan and Jamaican heritage whose interdisciplinary practice explores precarity and brokenness in systems of structural support through engagement with architecture, urban infrastructure, and systems of institutional and political power. She received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, her MA in New Media and Contemporary Technology from the École nationale supérieure de creation industrielle in Paris and a B.Sc Honours in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto concurrent to a B.Des. in Industrial Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She currently lives and works in New York City.