Providing access to our National Collection to an archipelagic nation like The Bahamas has proven to be difficult given its length and breadth. As a result the NAGB’s Communication-Education Department, in collaboration with its Curatorial Department, created a travelling exhibition for our Family Islands accompanied by an extensive community outreach initiative inclusive of free workshops, a public talk, school visits (primary and secondary) and donations of museum literature for art teachers, schools and public libraries.
Currently in its third year, the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme proudly presents "Trans: A Migration of Identity," which will begin its journey in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Dissecting national identity through the lens of visual artists, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas presents works that question and respond to our collective reality - one that is shaped by the movement of peoples of many origins: Africa, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean.
The most striking and impactful of these human migrations was the forceful transport of enslaved Africans and their descendants to our shores. These people, who arrived and settled in a place unknown to them, left a lasting impression on our cultural landscape. They managed this - in spite of systemic opposition, which included both the institutions of slavery and colonialism.
Beyond the trans-Atlantic trade, the movement of people throughout the region and eleswhere, strongly informs our understanding of self and others. Transplantation has indeed created a diverse and resilient, even if sometimes -- a conflicted Bahamas. Drawing from the National Collection, this exhibition examines the transformative narrative of migration, arrival, assimilation and renewal.