Gallery remembers Ivan ten years on

| 01/09/2014

(CNS): A photographic exhibition will open at the NGCI this weekend commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Ivan featuring the work of well-known local artists as well as lesser known photographers who captured the devastating event. The gallery’s curator, Natalie Urquhart worked closely for this exhibition with photographers Courtney Platt and David Wolfe, whose stunning photos of the aftermath of the storm were featured in the 2004 exhibition Emergence.

But a decade later Ivan Remembered will consist of more than 45 fine art photographs against a backdrop of quotes from the commuity about their experiences during and after Ivan.

“While it has been ten years since the storm passed, most of us continue to have strong, emotion-laden memories associated with Ivan and its aftermath so we felt it was important to commemorate the anniversary via this exhibition,” said Urquart.

“This is really a ‘part two’ of the Emergence exhibition that we hosted soon after Ivan in 2004. It is a closure of sorts. It has been a very emotional process to review and select images for Ivan Remembered. They really take you back to those initial days after the storm.  I didn’t expect to be so moved so many years on,” she added.

While Platt and Wolfe’s work will feature heavily other artists include Sheree Ebanks, Juilie Corsetti, Mary McCallum, Jenna Arnold, and Darvin Ebanks.  “If we'd had pictures like this of the '32 storm I'm sure we would have built differently before Ivan retaught us that hard lesson,” Said Courtney Platt. “Having been taught twice I pray that we will not forget to instruct our youth and newcomers to remain watchful and properly prepared each season.”

The exhibition will also showcase a short film, created by NGCI and Monster Media as part of the 2004 Emergence exhibition, which features interviews of well-known local artists and was filmed shortly after the natural disaster.

The NGCI is also hosting a variety of programmes and events at the Gallery to engage the public throughout the month of September including Sharing Stories with Courtney Platt on 10 September from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM; Free Family Event on 13 September from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM; Late Night at the Gallery on 26 September from 5:00 PM until 9:30 PM; and documentary film screenings of Trouble the Water showing 26 September at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM; as well as self-guided family activity worksheets for all ages throughout the duration of the exhibition.

“We hope that this moving collection of images, taken by a variety of well-known and lesser-known photographers, will help to memorialise this moment in our history and provide a path through this complex emotional terrain,” Urqhart said. “Following a narrative that moves from shock, through action, to a kind of collective redemption, these images enable us to grieve for what was lost, yet still recognise and be thankful for what we have gained in the process of healing. As a curator it has been one of the mostimportant and meaningful projects that I have worked on.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, 6 September 2014 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, and the exhibition will run until 27 September 2014. For more information visit, email, or call (345) 945 8111.
The exhibition is sponsored by Fidelity Insurance

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  1. R.Scrivens- Fidelity Insurance says:

    Fidelity Insurance are proud to be a co-sponsor of this event, and would like to thank & acknowledge Cayman First and Guardian General, both of whom we represent in the Cayman Islands, and who are also co-sponsoring this event with us, as opposed to us being the sole sponsor.

  2. Anonymous says:

    get over it….its done……….focus on rebuilding bodden town…its a dump