“Place as Palimpsest / Yon kote tankou Palimpseste / le lieu comme palimpseste  is the title of this 30-ft drawing that I have been working on for  the past three (3) years. This drawing is an exploration of the theme of vestiges as located in the geology of Cap Haitian.”

“A feature of the palimpsest is [indeed] the sense that earlier inscriptions are never quite erased, for these narrative inscriptions, become part of the whole” [Prof. Paula Morgan]

1- A manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
2- A parchment or tablet used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased. Something having diverse layers apparent beneath the surface.
3- A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, with the earlier writing incompletely scraped off or erased but still legible.
4- An object or area that has extensive evidence of or layers showing activity or use.

  • MAY 25 – JUNE 1
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Dr. Kwynn Johnson is a Visual Artist and a Haitian Studies Scholar. Since 2003, Johnson has had 7 solo exhibitions. She has also exhibited in several local, regional and international group shows, in countries such as Guadeloupe and New York, and in spaces such as the Alliance Française in Haiti, the Tate Modern in London, several Haitian Studies Association Conferences, and the past 3 consecutive Editions of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince. Johnson’s visual arts scholarship in the field of Haitian Studies has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Caribbean Quarterly (2016), and the UWI Seismic Research Centre (2011). Her works over the past ten years have been an exploration of themes of trauma & visuality, and place & meaning in Caribbean Cultural Geography. Johnson is currently a part-time lecturer at UWI (St Augustine), teaching Undergrad & Postgrad courses.
Place as Palimpsest / Yon kote tankou Palimpseste / Le lieu comme Palimpseste is Johnson’s 8th Solo Art Exhibition.