Camille Chedda (born 1985, Manchester, Jamaica) is a visual artist who utilizes drawing, painting, collage and installation to explore ideas around race and post-colonial identity. She works with everyday materials such as plastic bags, cement and concrete blocks as surfaces to be manipulated, or as stand alone objects that retain cultural significance. A recurrent theme in her work is construction, destruction and temporality. Even within her drawings and cement objects, there is an aspect of decay that is evoked. Chedda seeks to uncover and recover aspects of a lost identity through this process. 

Her works have been exhibited in documenta fifteen in Kassel, Germany, the Museum of Latin American Art, National Gallery of Jamaica's Kingston Biennial (2022), Jamaica Biennial (2017, 2014, 2006), the Ghetto Biennale, NLS Kingston and the Olympia Gallery.

Contact: ms.chedda@gmail.com


Education

 

2012       MFA in Painting, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

2007       Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, Brittany, France
2007       BFA (Hons.), Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica

 

AWARDS

2021      Jamaica Art Society Fellowship

2020      CATAPULT SHAR Grant, Kingston Creative, Fresh Milk Barbados, American Friends of Jamaica

2017      British Council Trans Atlantic Artist Residency Exchange Awardee, British Council Caribbean
2014      Inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award, Edward M Gomez, National Gallery of Jamaica

2012      Thesis of Distinction, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA
             Teaching Assistantship, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA
2011      Teaching Assistantship, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA
2010      Dean's Recognition Award, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA
             Graduate Assistantship at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA
2007      Reed Foundation Scholarship, Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Arts, Pont-Aven, France
            Graduated as Valedictorian from the Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
             Graduated with Honors from the Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
            Albert Huie Award in Painting, Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
            Principals Award in Visual Arts, Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
2005     Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Photography Awards 1 Bronze, 2 merits, Kingston, Jamaica

RESIDENCIES

2017       Hospitalfield, Scotland, UK

2016       Art Omi International Artist Residency, Ghent, NY

2014       Alice Yard, Woodbrook, Trinidad

EXHIBITIONS

2022       Kingston Biennial 2022, National  Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston Jamaica

               documenta fifteen, Atis Rezistans|Ghetto Biennale, Kassel, Germany

               Scafolding Time, Art at A Time Like This, Virtual Exhibition for Jamaica Art Society Fellowship

2021       “…and I resumed the struggle.” Summer Edition 2021, The Olympia Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

               HOMO Sargassum Restitution, HOLDEX Site, Le Francois, Martinique

               Faculty Exhibition, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

2020       “…and I resumed the struggle.”, The Olympia Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

               Portraits, The Frame Shop, Woodbrook, Trinidad

2019       InPulse Arts Festival, Dunoon Technical High School, Kingston, Jamaica

               Summer Exhibition, National Gallery of Jamaica, 

               Relational Undercurrents, Portland Museum of Art, ME, USA

               Faculty Exhibition, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

               Dark Matter, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

               Due West, National Gallery of Jamaica West, Montego Bay, Jamaica

2018       Relational Undercurrents, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, FL, USA

               Self-Portraits, NLS, Kingston, Jamaica

               Relational Undercurrents, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, NY, USA

               Faculty Exhibition, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

2017       Relational Undercurrents, Museum of Latin American Art, CA, USA

               Ghetto Biennale, Port Au Prince, Haiti

               Jamaica Biennial 2017, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

               Faculty Exhibition, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
2016       Jamaican Pulse, RWA, Bristol, UK

               Faculty Exhibition, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

               Jamaican Routes, Gallery F 15, Oslo, Norway 

2015       4th Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

               Uprising, Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

               Insides, NLS, Kingston, Jamaica

               Faculty Exhibition, Cage Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

               Conversation Xchange, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Art Gallery, Utica, NY

               Solo Exhibit, Alice Yard Box Gallery, Woodbrook, Trinidad

2014       Jamaica Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

                In Retrospect, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

2013       New Roots, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

               Drawing from Perception VII, Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Dayton, OH
2012       National Biennial of Jamaica 2012, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
              Drawing on Drawings, Unit One Gallery, Beijing, China
              Portraits, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA
              Boston Young Contemporaries 2012, Boston University, Boston, MA
              UMass Dartmouth 2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA
              UMass Dartmouth 2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Star Store, New Bedford, MA
              Hold, Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA
              National Wet Paint Exhibition 2012, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL
2011       Points of Origin, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst, MA
              Jamaica to China, A New Evolution, The Painting Center, New York, NY
              Boston Young Contemporaries 2011, Boston University, Boston, MA
              Brockton’s Art in the Windows Projects, Brockton, MA
              East Meets West, 98 William Street, New Bedford, MA
              Rapt/Unwrapped, Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA
2010       Paper, Gallery 244, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA
             Art Fresh, Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
2008       National Biennial 08, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
              Images in Existence, The Easel Ltd., Kingston, Jamaica
              Young, Gifted and Black, 174 Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
              Taboo Identities, University of Kentucky Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, Lexington, KY
              Taboo Identities, Olympia Art Centre, Kingston, Jamaica
2007      Materializing Slavery, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
              Kingston on the Edge, Edna Manley College , Kingston, Jamaica
              Exhale, Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica
2006       National Biennial 06, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
2005      JCDC Photography Exhibition, Shortwood Teachers College, Kingston, Jamaica