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The Artists


The three commissioned artists of the Global Co-commission are Camille Chedda (b.1985, Manchester, Jamaica) for Kingston Creative, Kingston (Jamaica), Io Makandal (b.1987, Johannesburg, South Africa) for Victoria Yards, Johannesburg (South Africa), and Muhannad Shono (b.1977, Riyadh, KSA) for Alserkal Avenue, Dubai (UAE).


Camille Chedda

Camille Chedda was born in Manchester, Jamaica. She graduated from the Edna Manley College with an Honours Diploma in Painting and received an MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her works have been exhibited in documenta fifteen, the Museum of Latin American Art, the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Kingston Biennial (2022), Jamaica Biennial (2017, 2014, 2006), the Ghetto Biennale, Haiti (2015, 17), NLS Kingston and the Olympia Gallery. She is the recipient of awards, including the Albert Huie Award, the Reed Foundation Scholarship, the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award, the British Council’s TAARE Program Award, the Catapult SHAR Grant and the Jamaica Art Society’s In Focus Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at Alice Yard in Trinidad, Art Omi in New York, Hospitalfield in Scotland, the Catapult Stay Home Artist Residency, and the HOMO Sargassum Art Residency. She is the Project Manager of the Rubis Mécénat’s InPulse Art Project, and lectures at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.


Reading List

Picking, David. Popular Medicinal Plants in Portland and Kingston,Jamaica. Springer Cham, 2020.

Naylor, Celia E. Unsilencing Slavery: Telling Truths about Rose Hall Plantation, Jamaica. The University of Georgia Press, 2022.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt, et al. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. “Chapter 5: A History of Weediness.” Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2005, pp. 171–202.

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Rice and Peas Bush – Explore Jamaica


Io Makandal

Io Makandal (b.1987) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg. Working primarily with drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, her practice is concerned with process, transformation, entropy, and ecologies in relation to the human environment during a time of climatic shift. Makandal holds a BA Fine Art from Michaelis, UCT, Cape Town (2010) and Masters Wits School of Art, Johannesburg(2022). Makandal is the recipient of the Social Impact Art Award 2022 and the selected artist for the Global Co-Commission: A Feral Commons by Alserkal Advisory (2023) for the Victoria Yards, Johannesburg as part of the Global Cultural Districts Network. She has worked globally and locally on various environmentally focused project based residencies in New York, Berlin, Cradle Of Human Kind, Johannesburg and Cape Town with a forth coming residency in Vienna (2025).


Reading List

Thinking with soils: Material Politics, Salazar et al.

  1. Re-animating soils: Transforming human-soil affections through science, culture and community by Maria Puig de la bellacasa

Plant Provocations: Indigeneuity and (de)colonial imaginations by Narendran Kumarakulasingam and Mvuselelo Ngcoya

Vibrant Matter: A political ecology of things by Jane Bennett

A billion black anthropocenes or none by Kathryn Yusoff

On the Importance of a Date, or Decolonizing the Anthropocene by Heather Davis and Zoe Todd

The Hidden Life of Trees: What they feel, how they communicate by Peter Wohllenben 

Gathering Moss: A natural and cultural history of mosses by robin wall kimmerer

Johannesburg, the elusive metropolis Sarah Nuttall and Achille Mbembe

  1. Not no Place: Johannesburg Fragments in time by Bettina Malcomess and Dorothee Kreuzfeldt

Muhannad Shono

Muhannad Shono is a visual artist who feels no limitation to medium or scale. His multidisciplinary practice is catalyzed and structured by story. Shono’s work harnesses the power of narrative by creating and contesting personal, collective and historical truths. Impacted by childhood memories, throughout his early career and until today the aim and expression of his work is rooted in exploring both the existent and non-existent boundaries which have characterized his life. Taking a singular approach, his work amplifies the moment where impact, transmission, and change occur. This results in the creation of relics and symbols which belong to a world all his own and are defined by a constant need and curiosity to challenge the imagination. 


  1. Reading List

  2. Palestine by Joe Sacco 
  3. Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
  4. The World in a Grain by Vince Beiser
  5. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  6. The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer
  7. Hyperobject by Timothy Morton
  8. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  9. Maus by Art Spiegelman
  10. The Twelfth Planet by Zecharia Sitchin
  11. The Big Bang of Numbers by Manil Suri
  12. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells