Beth LesserFrom Roots to Dancehall

Exhibition extended for an extra week – due to popular demand! Final last day to catch the show is now Friday 5 February 2016.

Toronto based Beth Lesser was introduced to reggae in 1977. Completely fascinated with the sound, aesthetic and culture surrounding this then relatively unheard genre, Beth travelled to Jamaica to document the dancehall scene as rigorously as possible. Over the next ten years she created zines, publications and shot thousands of photographs of the characters she met at the sound systems, recording studios and radio stations she visited and hung out at.

Her images have a strange palpable quality. Looking at them you can almost smell the smoke and feel the rumble of the bass in your bones. In 1986 she married her long-term partner David Kingston at “a Youth Promotion dance at Sugar Minott’s house” and in 2008 published a collection of her photographs entitled Dance Hall: The Rise of Dance Hall Culture. The exhibition will showcase a collection of Beth’s best images.

Get ready to feel like the parties you frequent are actually pretty lame.


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