Simon Tatum’s ‘Looking Back/Thinking Ahead’ Exhibition.

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A report from the Cayman Compass.

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands on May 25 opens a new contemporary art exhibition, “Looking Back and Thinking Ahead,” featuring artist Simon Tatum.

Tatum will graduate from the University of Missouri this summer with a degree in visual art, and his showcase draws from his final thesis project as well as from his experience in the Caribbean Linked residency last August in Aruba.

“Thanks to the support from NGCI, I was able to travel and work in Aruba with Caribbean artists, curators and residency staff all influencing the works in this showcase,” says Tatum.

The body of work examines Caymanian cultural identity through two-dimensional print installations displayed in the NGCI Community Gallery, as well as 14 three-dimensional “memory tanks” displayed in the NGCI Sculpture Gardens.

“I believe that the Cayman Islands – being a small British Overseas territory in the Caribbean…

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