Artist Joy Gregory to work with RAMM on transatlantic slave trade project
4 December 2019
RAMM has commissioned a work by acclaimed contemporary artist Joy Gregory. The piece will be displayed as part of an exhibition, opening in October 2020, which will explore how the transatlantic slave trade and its legacy permeates Devon and Exeter’s social infrastructure to this day.
The new artwork will be informed by the artist’s experience of working with the curators at RAMM and the museum’s collections, the advisory panel to this exhibition and members of the public.
Artist Joy Gregory
Joy Gregory’s practice is concerned with social and political issues with particular reference to history and cultural differences in contemporary society.
Joy said “I am thrilled and delighted at this tremendous opportunity to develop and produce a response to the less-familiar stories associated with RAMM’s collection. My approach as an artist is to spend time observing reflecting and thinking on connections and elements which will resonate with those most likely to encounter the finished work.
“I have started the commission by spending time in Exeter exploring the town, meeting people as well as reflecting on the exhibitions, displays, collections and museum visitors. There are so many possibilities and exciting things on which to focus. It is a bit like being a child in a sweet shop. I cannot wait to see how the work will develop in such a rich and stimulating environment.”
Untold Stories will encompass a number of exhibitions, events, artist commissions and projects throughout 2020. All will use RAMM’s collections as a starting point to ask searching and difficult questions, uncovering hidden histories and giving voice to neglected communities in the process.