Maroonscape 1: Cockpit Archipelago, 2019
Mat board and wood Edition of 3
We are excited to announce the acquisition of Charles Campbell’s Maroonscape 1 and 2 by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Maroonscape 1 is a map inspired by his native Jamaica’s Cockpit Country, an area with hills, ridges, and deep valleys where enslaved Africans and their descendants, known as Maroons, settled after escaping the plantations. Jamaican Maroons used the tough landscape of Cockpit Country as a natural defense against the colonizers. Campbell sees Cockpit Country as a model for a Caribbean city of the fuuture—a place of resourcefulness, imagination, and community spirit.
Charles Campbell is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator. His work investigates non-linear concepts of time and the future imaginaries possible in the wake of colonization using painting, performance, sculpture and installation. His work has been exhibited widely including at the Perez Art Museum Miami, Havana Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum, the Santo Domingo Biennial and Alice Yard in Port of Spain. Campbell holds an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith College and a BFA from Concordia University. He currently lives and works in Victoria BC.