Moving Jamaica: Scottish-Caribbean Connections

Travel and photography are key components of how we represent, learn about, and experience places. This exciting exhibition of unique historical and contemporary photographs provides a rare opportunity to explore past, present and future cultural landscapes of Jamaica and their Scottish connections.  For the first time, the work of 19th-century Dundee-based photographers, Valentine & Sons, as well as images held in the University of St Andrews-based Maitland Dougall Collection, will be presented alongside the recent work of internationally acclaimed photographers, Varun Baker (Jamaica) and Stephen McLaren (Scotland). While visual images, such as those by Valentine & Sons, have historically played an important role in promoting tourist destinations, the exhibition highlights that they run in parallel to more complex, dynamic and revealing stories.

Baker's visually striking work 'Journey' – also on display at the National Gallery of Jamaica – provides a personal story that takes us through urban island landscapes and the daily negotiations of those forthrightly facing physical and social challenges.

McLaren's poignant images from 'Jamaica - A Sweet Forgetting' – exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – unearth the often hidden, but interwoven legacies of slavery in Jamaica and Scotland.

These visual stories are accompanied by complementary research materials from the Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) Network mobile exhibition.

Curated by Dr Susan P Mains (Geography, University of Dundee), in collaboration with the University of Dundee Museum Services, the Photographic Collection at the University of St Andrews Library Special Collections and the CARISCC Network.

Additional support generously provided by the Geography programme, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee and The Leverhulme Trust.

19 October 2018 – 19 January 2019
Mon-Fri 09.30-19.00 Sat 13.00-17.00
(closed for Christmas vacation 22 Dec – 2 Jan)

Tickets: Free