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Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

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Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Exhibitions


Dec
12
9:00am 9:00am

Undercurrent

In the film installation “undercurrents”, Parotti finds a temporary reconciliation between strained dualities through a connecting factor in the globe’s landscape: the ocean.

Though an entity completely different from our shallow Caribbean waters, the ocean Parotti became familiar with in the English Channel near her 2011 residency in Scotland provided a somewhat calming continuity of existence despite the change in landscape and culture. With side-by-side films of the ocean approaching and retreating from the shore, “undercurrents” comfortably surrenders to the relentless push-and-pull of rapid change.

Sonia Farmer
2012
Founder, Poinciana Paper Press

 

Features from Undercurrents:

  • Undercurrents is a dual video projection installation with sound.
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Swan Song of The Flamingo — Kishan Munroe
Nov
21
to Mar 16

Swan Song of The Flamingo — Kishan Munroe

Bahamian artist Kishan Munroe has crafted a multi-disciplinary, analytical  project that is not only designed to function as appealing visual, audio and literary arts, but which also simultaneously writes a major part of our nation’s history that has, for far too long, gone under-investigated contextually. This project uses the tragedy of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force fleet on May 10, 1980, as a point of dissection and departure, to address further historical and cultural nuances that have shaped Bahamian culture and interactions with the Bahamas’ nearest neighbour. Designed to inspire critical analysis, this investigation comprises an international collaboration with a cadre of both nations’ leading authorities in social sciences and the arts.

With the unfolding of the series of incidents surrounding the sinking of HMBS Flamingo, the newly independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas, still in its infancy, was thrust into the global spotlight, finding itself having to deal with one of the most sensitive issues a country could possibly face at the time: the possibility of open war - war with a Communist country, well-provisioned militarily, during the height of the internationally tense “Cold War.” 

This in-depth investigation provides a much-needed contextual foundation. It is offered to increase comprehension in The Bahamas and beyond our shores of the socio-political and cultural climates at various points in time, which in some way contributed to or influenced the attack of Cuban military forces on HMBS Flamingo and subsequent related and extraordinary events. It is not the intention of Munroe of his collaborators to seek to place blame or unearth bitter sentiments, but rather to perpetuate the spirit of deliberative communication that both countries have fostered thus far and is ever important to the upward progress of mankind.

See images from the opening night:

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2013 Colina Calendar Exhibition
Oct
1
to Oct 31

2013 Colina Calendar Exhibition

  • NAGB: Permanent Exhibition (PE) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mudda Sick

Features from the 2013 Colina Calendar Exhibition:

  • Artwork from 13 local artists.
  • Artwork based on traditional Bahamian colloquialisms such as 'Mudda Sick' or 'Jam Up'
  • Each piece appears in the 2013 Colina Calendar.
  • Artwork is for sale with full proceeds going towards the artists.

The Bahamian Landscape

Features from The Bahamian Landscape:

The Bahamian Landscape is a rotational show built around the National Collection and a select few private collectors. It is located on the Ground Floor only.
Features over 80+ pieces by Bahamian artists, with more than 10+ female artists represented.
Four distinct sections in the show:

Formal and Social: Explores historical depictions of The Bahamas’ social, cultural and physical landscape. Artists included: Maxwell Taylor, Jacob Frank Coonley and Brent Malone.
Internal Expressions: Features a hall of portraits, exploring Bahamian depictions of themselves physically, culturally and socially. This section is less historical in scope and contains a mix of contemporary pieces. Artists included: Maxwell Taylor, John Beadle and Kendal Hanna.

Bahamian Landscape Events: Here
Further Reading:  Here
Pictures: Her


Singlesex

Features from SINGLESEX:

  • SINGLESEX is part of the rotational Permanent Exhibition scheme built around the National Collection and a select few private collectors. It is located on the Ground Floor only.
  • SINGLESEX features artworks from 20+ female Bahamian artists, with representations from the Family Islands. 
  • The goal of the exhibition is to show female portraits and nudes by female artists

Download Press Release PDF (Small): Here
Download Press Release PDF (Large): Here

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The Bahamian Project
Jul
11
to Oct 25

The Bahamian Project

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is extremely pleased to unveil the first chapter of The Bahamian Project, with a series of black-and white photographs by Duke Wells that themselves will form a group entitled “The Bahamian Collection.” This collection will be gifted to the NAGB, as a forward to a longer narrative in which The Bahamian Project becomes far more than a single show, a single artist, or a single set of works. While this phase was initiated and executed by Wells and his wife Lisa, who coordinated and assisted in the project’s management, this wonderful suite of works is only the beginning of something we hope will become a much larger body that will, one day, perhaps instigate the formation of a National Portrait Gallery and include paintings, busts and other art forms.

On this the 40th anniversary of our country’s formation, identity is an important issue. Often our distinctiveness as Bahamians is tied to our landscape—the white beaches, the crystal waters, the blazing sun—but the true identity of any nation lies not in its natural resources but in its people. Meanwhile, the art of formal portraiture—whether photographic, sculptural or painted—is fading as snapshots or Instagrams take over our visual consciousness. As we slowly lose those that are important to us, personally or publically, we realize that there is no serious visual testament left to record their presence.

Wells’ desire was not only to record the myriad faces of our nation in an iconic, formal, and suitable manner appropriate to many of his subjects’ prominent or esteemed positions, but to reinvigorate this lost art, hosting workshops at schools and at the Gallery. The images are large-scale, posed, some with props and some without, but all capturing the essence of the subject in an immutable and timeless fashion. Similarly in the 1920s a German photographer, August Sander, travelled through the country capturing, “a catalogue of contemporary society through a series of portraits.” His opus, The Face of Our Time, became world-renowned and encapsulated what it meant to be German at this critical inter-War period. In a similar manner, “The Bahamian Collection,” at this significant juncture in our history, begins to answer the question, “What does it mean to be Bahamian?” or “What is the Bahamian spirit?”

In developing the project, it was found that the answer did not lie with a single generation, a single gender, or a single race, but reflected the multifaceted nature of our country and heritage. Some rules were instituted, such as no sitting politicians, but of crucial importance in developing the project was that we captured not only our elders who have made significant contributions already to society, as well as the more established mature, who are currently changing, forming or (importantly) preserving our legacy, but also included the young and emerging and identified the “diamonds in the rough.” The desire was to recognise not only conventional role models but also to distinguish the regular faces of seemingly ordinary or typical people whose everyday acts of kindness, friendliness or resoluteness, whose enthusiasm for their job, their life or their passion, seems to summarize a certain indomitable spirit that we recognise as Bahamian.

As stated at the outset, this is only the launch and is by no means an exhaustive or final array of people or of participating photographers and artists. The project aims to grow, as more artists join in, as more characters are captured. We are a young nation and this is only the beginning.

See more images here: 

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The John Beadle Project
Apr
25
to Jun 25

The John Beadle Project

  • NAGB: Temporary Gallery One (t1) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Features from The John Beadle Project:

  • Artwork by a single artist, John Beadle.
  • Exhibition explores issues concerning security within your own homeland.
  • Pieces are primarily constructed out of metal, cardboard and paper.
  • Ominous human silhouettes are constructed from colonial-style metal curlicue gates, mosquito netting, or chain link.
  • The installation raises the issue of gating in our communities: What message does this send to our neighbors?

Download Press Release PDF: Here

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National Exhibition 6
Nov
15
to Apr 8

National Exhibition 6

Features from the NE6: Kingdom Come:

Artwork from 48 local artists.
Features 24 female artists as well as 24 male artists.
Artists were asked to respond to themes of the apocalypse.

View Pictures from the show: Here
Press Release: Here

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