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The RWA presents ?!. (For The Love of Man) – a passionate performance art/experimental theatrical production by New York based Jamaican artist, director and performer Lawrence Graham Brown, as part of the major exhibition Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora.

This event takes place at Arnolfini.

Graham Brown is a cross-disciplinary artist who works in sculpture, painting and performance, among other media. He ‘uses his work as a palliative gesture to dispel the trauma and shame to which Black, Lesbian, Gay, Polysexual, Polyamorous, Transgender, Questioning, intersex people are routinely subjected’ using the Black body to explore constructs of: race, society, sexuality, politics, religion and liberation through the realms of Jamaican and/or African sensibilities’.

Graham Brown was born and raised in Jamaica and has received numerous commissions, awards and fellowships from amongst others Bronx Council for the Arts, Bronx New York; New York University; Visiting artist at University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio and The Franklin Furnace Fund for Avant-Garde performance Art. His work has been presented internationally at Institute of Jamaica,  Museum of Ethnography; The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; Lutz Rohs Gallery, Duren, Germany;  BAM Brooklyn; The Queens Museum; El Museo Del Barrio; The Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival; Theaterlab NYC. He represented the USA in The Shanghai Biennial, China, in 2008. His work is in the following collections Museum of Modern Art NY; CLAGS-CUNY; The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL; The Newark Public Library; Duke University; Mocada, Onyx collections, Jamaica;  et al.

Read an interview with Lawrence here .

Jamaican Pulse is a landmark exhibition of Jamaican visual art – the first major exhibition of its kind ever to be held in the UK, co-curated on behalf of the RWA by Kat Anderson and Graeme Mortimer Evelyn. It is delivered in partnership with the Jamaican High Commission and is supported by Arts Council England and the Art Fund. At a time when Jamaican art is receiving growing international acclaim, Jamaican Pulse showcases the extraordinary diversity of Jamaican art, presenting contemporary artwork alongside key works from Jamaican art history.

To find out more about Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora please click here.

This performance is programmed in partnership with Arnolfini, and is funded by Arts Council England.


Please note that the performance contains nudity.

This performance is part of the Art from Elsewhere Programme.