Ernestine & me
10min video / multimedia installation includes three 10ftx7ft vinyl banners and objects from the family home

In Ernestine and me (2012) my alter-ego ‘Whitey’ presents herself as a cultural object to a range of contemporary Jamaicans, exposing their varied reactions to this forced encounter. This experimental video offers a double take on contemporary Jamaican life for a returning white female of part- Jamaican origin; with no living Jamaican relatives remaining, and very little information about my Jamaican heritage. Ernestine was my black great-grandmother, which I only discovered two years ago in a family photograph found at my late grandfather’s house upon my return to the island.

National Biennial 2012 vinyl banners and installation views, National Gallery of Jamaica

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