“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.
The world is currently facing many ecological challenges relating to questions of resource, scarcity, pollution, climate change and risk. Such issues are amplified on fragile island communities. In this context, how should society and governments anticipate the future of citizens? What plans should be made?
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 observer and the observed features work by Jamaican artist Deborah Anzinger and Bahamian artist Heino Schmid, each of them exploring ideas around representation, the body and how the gaze in effect changes ideas of relation, security, eroticism and social awareness.
The National Exhibition 8 will open on October 13th, 2016. The Open Call for Works will be released April 29th.
A retrospective focusing on the works of Bahamian Civil and Structural Engineer George Cox, The Unseen Structure showcases several important sites of development across New Providence and several family islands. The Unseen Structure will be informed by collaborations with architect Teran Nicholls, former understudy to Cox and contemporary artists Duke Wells, Michael Edwards, John Cox and Holly Parotti. Artists and collaborations in the exhibition will function as a way to strip away that layer, barrier, and partition with the people who live in an environment and the apparatus of it being.
Parallel to the NAGB’s renovation that took place during 1996 through 2002, The Unseen Structure will expand and explore the dynamic range of structural and civil engineering as an art form, often invisible and undervalued in our culture. We will use this showcase to think about structures and use, as it is important to think about art as not the subject but a vehicle that can carry and transform ideas.