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Billy Gerard Frank: Eulogies & Palimpsests

Billy Gerard Frank: Eulogies & Palimpsests

La Biennale di Venezia Arte (2019 and 2022)
FEB 5TH – APRIL 23RD 2023

Meet the artist exhibition February 5, 2023, from 1‐3pm


“Most of us know the parents or grandparents we come from. But we go back and back, forever; we go back all of us to the very beginning; in our blood and bone and brain, we carry the memories of thousand of beings […] we cannot understand all the traits we have inherited. Sometimes we can be strangers to ourselves.” -V. S. Naipaul


Eulogies and Palimpsests explore two bodies of works (film installations paintings & assemblages, photographs, and film stills) by the New York based Multi-disciplinary artist Billy Gerard Frank, born in Grenada West Indies. The bodies of works were exhibited in La Biennale di Venezi 2019 and the most recent Biennale (2022) in the Grenada National Pavilion.


Frank’s research-based works interrogates autobiographical memory, issues of migration, race, exile, and global politics relating to gender, minority status, and post-colonial subjects, challenging normative discourses around them.


Second Eulogy: Mind The Gap is an autobiographical de-construction and re-positioning of memories from his father’s life— memories to which he gives a voice by de-contextualizing and de-constructing the mythologies and legacies of generation of exile and estrangement. The film and other works in the exhibition sketches multiple evocative vignettes, forms, and possibilities of narratives that ruminate on themes of exile, migration, colonialism, and sexuality.


Palimpsest: Tales Spun From Sea And Memories narrates overlaying tales; fragments of a life and man: Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, born in the Gold Coast (Ghana) in the Fante village of Agimaque. Cugoano was one the most radical and central African British opponents to have actively engaged in the fight against slavery in the eighteenth century, England. His book Thoughts and Sentiments On The Evil Of Slavery, published in England after he gained his freedom, is one of the most direct criticisms of slavery by a writer of African descent


“Billy Gerard Frank is an artist of remarkable reputation. Among his many accomplishments are the inclusion of his work in the prestigious Venice Biennale. It is a challenge to classify his work because it moves in many different directions at once. One thing for sure is that innovation is key. Much of his success is dependent upon his understanding of the traditional photographic image, which, in combination with imagery drawn from films that have powerful narratives, makes for great artistry.”

Dr. Louis Zona, Director Of The Butler

This exhibition is underwritten in part by Drs. John Dunne and Jenifer Lloyd.


Gallery: Beecher Center Flad Galleries

Website: Billy Gerard Frank


Indigo: Entanglements, N0.1 silkscreen, natural pigments, vintage African fabric, newsprint, acrylic, etc. (62 x 69 Inches.) final size in box frame (72 x 65 inches)


Past Exhibitions