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
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)