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9 Night in Eldorado - exhibition guide

Exhibition guide relating to an exhibition, 1997
Year published: 1997

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Exhibition handout for 9 Night in Eldorado, at South London Gallery. Solo exhibition by Donald Rodney 10/9/97 - 12/10/97, written by Jane Bilton, Exhibition Co-ordinator.

Extract as follows: “The Jamaican tradition of the “Nine Night“ is one in which old memories and myths, corny jokes, dreams, hopes, fantasies and desires are revisited as relatives stay together for nine nights following the death of a loved one. Such a place for a nine night is Eldorado, that magical city of gold which no-one has ever found. Eldorado, “the land of milk and honey“ is evocative for generations of travellers from the 16th century Spanish explorers to a generation of West Indians of the 50s and 60s who left their families to take up an extended offer to come to Britain. 9 Night in Eldorado can be read as a narrative, a “personal“ history but its themes resonate for many.”

Several of the exhibition’s pieces are described. Press release concludes with; “Harold George Rodney (1918 - 1995) came to Britain in 1958. The classic western film titled “Eldorado“, starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum as old men and old friends attempting to win over the West, with honour, trust and old vigour remained a favourite of his. This exhibition of all new work and accompanying publication are dedicated to the memory of Rodney’s father who died three years ago.”

Related people

»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  South London Gallery

London, United Kingdom