Lots of Signs: Jamaican Dancehall Signs
Lots of Sign focuses on celebrating the art of dancehall signs that are hand-painted to brick walls and signboards found across Jamaica. It comes at a time when these hand-painted signs have almost disappeared from the streets in Kingston and other larger urban areas replaced instead by printed advertisements and signs. Its a visual journey into some of Jamaica’s more rural parishes where the craft of hand-painting dancehall signs is still practiced.
Tracey Thorne’s photographic work seeks to document the changing visual culture of dancehall and treats these hand-painted signs as found objects. Challenging us to think about the streets as galleries and that these unsanctioned signs reveal much about the visual culture of dancehall.
Lots of Sign forms part of a wider documentary photography project called Hand-painted Jamaica photographed by Tracey Thorne. The documentary photography series explores the visual culture of Jamaica expressed through graffiti, sign-painting and street art found painted on walls across the island. The project has received support from Arts Council England.
Limited edition zine of 150 copies distributed for sale from the UK. The zine is printed as a not for profit publication with the proceeds used to distribute free copies of the zine in Jamaica and to continue the project in Jamaica
Softcover with high gloss laminate finish, printed on silk, 24 pages, square (just under 18x18cm).
Published in Birmingham, UK from the collection Hand-painted Jamaica © Tracey Thorne, 2020.
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