National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.
“From Columbus to Junkanoo” highlights the growth and divergence of Bahamian art beyond last century. We hope the showcase will challenge perspectives and assumptions and present a comprehensive representation of the different elements of the Bahamian story internally and with the world at large.
Nowé Harris-Smith will be exhibiting a new body of work in the Project Space Room of the NAGB from July 7th through August 7th, 2016. The collection features a selection of paintings and photographs that deal with abstraction through the exploration of bodies and faces.
Double Dutch brings together artists from the region and diaspora to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating an experimental hub to explore regional and diasporic culture, our creative acumen and sensibilities.
The Colour and the Shape will investigate the correlations between Bahamian artist Kendra Frorup and US-based, Puerto Rican artist Gabriel Ramos’ understanding and representation of cultural identity and its connection to childhood and growing up in the tropics.
For the NE8, the hope is challenge artists to think about universality, about the ways in which human beings continue to orbit incongruencies, glitches in experiences and near extinguishment of stories, narratives and ideas. We are sometimes moving at lightning speed through a barrage of thoughts, feelings and contradictions, and as creatives, we struggle to find meaning within our lives and to move beyond producing work that merely mirrors society. Within this, we wonder and question the reality of nurturing cultural legacy in a space that practices cultural amnesia. How do we work to unfix this and how do we pay testament to the complex fragmentation of selfhood?
During the pre-colonial and colonial era, there were an array of issues regarding racism, hierarchical standing, class struggles and most importantly, enslavement. These issues posed threats on the black native, as they are being portrayed as accessories, cargo or props in society. There were little to no record of documented black resistance through art, none-the-less, native artists that expressed themselves on a professional level.
The fourth film in the the NAGB Summer Series, Beasts of the Southern Wild, by famed US director Benh Zeitlin, deals with the devastation post-Hurricane Katrina and the American South. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film that explores fantasy and myth, magical realism, family, and childhood. This breakthrough and pioneering film brought to the big screen the iconic 'Hushpuppy' on a quest to find her mother. Through the narrative development, and storyline its momentum creates an ecosystem of fluid motion at once exploring lore, mythologies, life, love and the hereafter.