Earlier this November, Hermann & Audrey hosted the launch of “JAMAICA: Faces of My Own Vol.1”, a travelling photo exhibit that captures a multitude of Jamaican personalities in portraiture, revealing real stories about real people.
Shot by Wade Hudson, the first volume of Faces of My Own inaugurated at the gallery on November 6th: a vibrant evening charged with great people, delicious food and good vibes. The gallery buzzed with people until one in the morning as large-format photographs graced the walls, displaying Hudson’s sharp portrayal of unique expression and character. To shift perceptions of beauty and to target the stigma that comes with being a lower-class minority in our world, the faces of “JAMAICA” have been chosen from Hudson’s family communities – the parishes of Saint Catherine, Saint Mary, and Westmorland in Jamaica – and pay homage to his origins as he brings his tribute to the Jamaican diaspora in Toronto.
“JAMAICA” highlights the importance of the individual within a community and accentuates the relationship between them. The face is a map to the world, sharing stories told by lines, expressions, and minute gestures left intact by Hudson’s naked perception. Driven by a tradition of organic story telling, these large-format photographs exaggerate the connection between the viewer and the subject, reaching out to create an experience that is at once both extravagant and intimate.
Faces of My Own has now travelled across the city and is currently being featured at Daniel’s Spectrum, the new arts and cultural centre in Regent Park. The exhibition will be up until the end of January 2014.
The photo exhibition has been inspired by Hudson’s book Jamaica: Faces of My Own Vol 1. For purchases and further inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read our interview with Wade Hudson here.
All photos by Miguel Arenillas Alvarado