Beware if Jasmine Thomas-Girvan (born 1961) ever asks you home for dinner. You might be in for a surprise. Here in Mayfair, the dining room table is awash of all sorts of sinister things. The crockery and the silverware are traditional, the sort of thing you would have found in elegant houses in Mayfair a century ago, but there are babies climbing into the teapot; men’s legs and bodies struggling out of the coffee pot, men appearing from teacups and across the table there are knives, medical implements, blood and human organs in ”Parallel Realities’, reflecting on the history (and perhaps the religions) of the Caribbean and its people. Thomas-Girvan won the 2017 Aaron Matalon Award in Jamaica for a similar installation in the Dining Room of the historic Down House mansion built in 1881.
The heat and rhythm of the Caribbean has come to a London just as the summer sun is going down and the cool of autumn is returning. Exploring Caribbean culture, work by Jamaican-born is shown alongside that of Chris Ofili, born in Britain but now living in Trinidad. The two artists have know each other for some time and you can see the interplay between them in the exhibition ‘Affinities’.
David Zwirner’s gallery is showing sculptures and other work by Jasmine Thomas-Girvan alongside paintings by Chris Ofili (born 1968), as the first of a series of collaborative exhibitions between gallery artists whose work has been inspired by others, in the case with the great plus that Jasmine Thomas-Girvan is having her first show in the UK – well overdue.