What differences do you notice between the two statues above? Yet the difference, at least in the eyes of the Jamaican public, lies not in media used, or in the art-historical details, but in earthier, anatomical details. The artist, who is gay, said during a panel discussion at last week's Frieze Art Fair, that "homosexuality is a very convenient enemy for the large population of disenfranchised Jamaican men who have highly diminished career prospects or power.
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Sunday, May 13, Drama unfolded inside the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last week when a man who caught his woman naked with another man appeared in court with the man in question who allegedly chopped him in his head and on his hand after he forced himself inside his house. The woman who was at the centre of the drama also made an appearance. However, it was not certain whom she was supporting as she was not given a chance to speak. The accused men, Anthony Reid, a construction worker of Orangefield in Linstead, St Catherine, and Mickoy Moodie, a salesman of Sundown Crescent, St Andrew, appeared on charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and unlawful wounding respectively. Reid, who is the spouse, is accused of punching Moodie and scratching him with his fingernail during a tussle, while Moodie is accused of chopping Reid in his head and on his arm with a machete.
Man catches his woman naked, suffers chop wound to the head
Max Hartshorne 0. Then there is the pool and the water park, which is the largest in the Caribbean. The nude beach, he said, is down to the right. I asked our host, the manager of the Sunset Resort and a year resident of Jamaica , how the hotel happened to have its own nude beach. People will say, hey I saw that story in Playboy.
It was supposed to symbolise liberation and celestial reverence in an independent Jamaica. Two naked 7ft-high bronze figures - a male and a female - looking skywards on a dome-shaped fountain embossed with Bob Marley's lyrics "None but ourselves can free our minds". But according to the statue's critics the artist is too light-skinned, the male figure is too generously endowed, and both are, well, too naked. Since Redemption Song was unveiled at the entrance to Kingston's new Emancipation Park a fortnight ago it has prompted a debate that has revisited myths about the black male, scratched at sores about "shadism" and brought to the fore a prudish streak in a country more renowned for taking things easy. Every morning the nation's airwaves and letters pages are jammed with comments that range from the puerile to the priggish and the raunchy to the racial; every evening a permanent crowd of different people gather to point, laugh and engage inbouts of public banter that mix art criticism and sex education. An unscientific straw poll, conducted just by listening in on the conversations of onlookers for half an hour and judging by the balance of letters and phone-in callers, suggests most people like it but that a sizeable number are scandalised. Yesterday a columnist in Jamaica's Daily Observer, Lloyd Smith, described the sculpture as "a rape of our democracy". Another writer ridiculed Renaissance sculptors for being not generous enough. A letter to the sculptor, Laura Facey Cooper, from the director emeritus of Jamaica's national gallery praised the statue and described the controversy as "vulgar epithets spat out by an unknowing and uncaring public".