Sole DXB, in collaboration with Afflicted Yard, presents a survey exhibition of works by the late Jamaican artist, Peter Dean Rickards (1969–2014) at The Third Line.
The self-taught photographer, videographer and publisher began his career at a volatile time in Jamaican history as the country suffered from severe national debt and high murder rates. Highly influenced by the desire to break the most quintessential stereotypes of his home country through his work, Rickards focused on portraying the underdog with an emphasis on subject matters of the oppressed or outsiders. In doing so, he introduced a fresh and an unbiased glimpse into the various aspects of Jamaican life. Causing a ripple effect of shock, awe, and amusement, Rickards is still considered a symbol of defiance and cultural pride.
The much-revered multidisciplinary artist created challenging works resembling short documentaries restrained to one picture frame. Almost cinematic in nature, each photograph calls attention to a broader meaning embedded with strong depictions of reality. Sometimes unclear from the first glance, yet when noticed, can reveal deeper complexities and hypocrisies of Jamaica. With an intuitive understanding of aesthetics, Rickards had a unique sense of framing his subject while capturing a narrative. His iconic images, when shown on their own, impart a new meaning in contrast to when viewed alongside other photographs from the same series.
This survey exhibition titled The Afflicted Yard takes a look at the vast majority of Rickards's works, in which he strived to expose Jamaica to the world. Once describing himself as 'an unofficial member of the Jamaican Tourist Board,' Rickards has left behind the Afflicted Yard that continues his mission in preserving the island's true identity and history through his work. Known to be Jamaica's earliest and sharpest voice online, Afflicted Yard is the artist's longstanding website that acts as his everlasting legacy.
Press release courtesy The Third Line.