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"We Suffer to Remain" finissage presents A True & Exact History: A Reading

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"We Suffer to Remain" finissage presents A True & Exact History: A Reading

On Sunday, July 29th at 4pm, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will host a reading of Sonia Farmer's "A True & Exact History." Farmer’s erasure of one of the most formative descriptions of the English Caribbean in the seventeenth Century, Richard Ligon’s 1657 guidebook, “A True and Exact History of Barbadoes.” uses the language at the core of this text to interrogate narrative as a device of cohesive history in the Caribbean space. 

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Presented as an artist book in “We Suffer to Remain,” the closing of this exhibition will reimagine this poem as a sound piece. Using eleven speakers to represent the eleven separate parishes of the island, their voices inhabit and exchange threads of these dispersed narratives, ultimately calling into question what it means to write “a true and exact history” of anything.

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