Opening / The Chicken Is Just Dead First / Racquel Rowe
Saturday June 3, 2023  12pm - 2pm (2 Hours )
Gallery / Exhibit Wheelchair Accessible

Event in Room: Main Gallery

Racquel Rowe is an interdisciplinary artist from the island of Barbados currently residing in Canada. Rowe calls various places home, most recently Sackville, New Brunswick. She’s exhibited across Ontario, the Maritimes, and Montreal, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Studio Art from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

The ‘chicken is just dead first’ is a euphemism for the unique differences between island life and North America. The phrase was borrowed from Zalika Reid-Benta’s collection of short stories entitled Frying Plantain.
Leaving my predominantly Black country of origin had a profound influence on me – I was not ‘othered’ until I moved to Canada. It is strange to suddenly become a minority in one’s adult life, and the move had a great impact on my lived experience which in turn informed my artistic practice.

This pushed me to create artworks with a distinctly Caribbean setting, using contexts that were deliberately not intended for a 'Canadian' audience. While I knew that this work might cause confusion with my predominantly white audiences, I also knew that they would be legible to those who shared my lived experience. Perhaps it was and is my way of pushing against complete assimilation into the ‘Canadian culture’. Like the protagonists in Zalika Reid-Benta’s stories, I found myself in the position of slowly beginning to blend aspects of two cultures (Barbados and Canada), first starting with food.

This blending of cultures resulted in this growing body of work.

Exhibition: June 3-July 29
Opening reception: Saturday June 3, 12-2pm

**In conjunction with this opening, the Founders House Food Truck will be at ARTSPLACE to serve a special menu of Caribbean-inspired dishes, such as rotisserie jerk chicken with rice and peas, served with coco bread.**
Presented with the support of the Province of Nova Scotia and Canada Council for the Arts.
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396 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

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