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Blessings Pon Blessings
Rachel Jones
3rd of July - 1st of August 2021
Open by appointment only
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“I am blessed
I am blessed
Every day of my life
I am blessed
When I wake up in the morning
And I lay my head to rest
Every day of my life I am blessed”


‘Blessings Pon Blessings’ is a collaborative work that pays homage to Jones’ heritage as a young Black British woman, consisting of an installation, sound piece and musical performances inspired by lyrics from Mr Vegas' song, “I am Blessed.”



The space has been transformed into a performative venue, displaying personal images alongside contemporary art/pop cultural references that inspire Jones’ practice, including posters of works she encountered in her formative years studying at Glasgow School of Art. The imagery, sound piece and karaoke performances coalesce to enact a celebratory and affirmative statement of self love, joy and love for Black culture and the Black community.

Collaborators
Ayo Akingbade, Ifeanyi Awachie, Emmanuel Awuni, G,  Sandra Grandison, Erin Jenoa Gilbert, Sabrina Jones, Cheryl Lucas aka DIVA, MIKE, Elijah Maja, Elijah Maura, Fikayo Oloruntoba, Xin Wang

Images
Artworks by the following artists are included in the installation. Copyright for all images belong to the artists:
Janiva Ellis
Claudette Johnson
Cheyenne Julien
Deana Lawson
Carrie Mae Weems
Kerry James Marshall
Adrian Piper
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Special thanks to Grace Owusu, Nana Owusu Anshan Asare, Josephine Fanta Umu Kovoma, Ruby Suleman



Rachel Jones (b. 1991) Previously studied BA Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and an MA Fine Art at Royal Academy of Art. Her work is held in collections such as the ICA Miami, Arts Council Collection and Pallant House Gallery. Jones has been exhibited in the UK at institutions including the Royal Scottish Academy and The Fleming Collection. She was artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in 2016 and The Chinati Foundation, Marfa Texas, 2019.

Recent Exhibitions include:
Citizens of Memory, The Perimeter, London, UK, 2021
A Sovereign Mouth, 12.26, Dallas, TX, USA, 2020
A Focus on Painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK, 2020
Rachel Jones & Nicholas Pope, The Sunday Painter, London, UK, 2020