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Mixed Media Blog

NE8 Closing Event at Hillside House: Belonging

Holly Bynoe

On Friday, February 24th, the NAGB in collaboration with Hillside House will stage a closing event to mark the end of the National Exhibition 8 OFFsite exhibition. The event will feature an artists’ talk with participating artists Del Foxton, Keisha Oliver, Cynthia Rahming, Alicia Wallace, and Natalie Willis.

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The Blank Canvas: Feb 1st, 2017: Ryan Turnquest

Holly Bynoe

On this week’s "Blank Canvas,” we meet Ryan Turnquest, a man drawn back to his art practise to mourn and memorialise the passing of his brother. After obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Art from the College of The Bahamas, Turnquest entered Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 where he studied Industrial Design but left his studies early to return home to support his children and family in their business.

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Considering the African Culture: Not forgetting the Asue

Holly Bynoe

Haitian-born, Bahamian artist Jeffrey Meris opened his project ‘Asue: 20/20’ in the Project Space Room of the NAGB on Saturday, January 21, and it drew a sizeable crowd who came out to see how the word “Grace” would be interpreted. Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett writes about Meris' work and the importance of holding on to traditions and moments that make Afro-Caribbean culture possible.

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Bush Tea Sessions #1

Holly Bynoe

NE8 participating artist Jeffrey Meris sat with his brother, Junkanoo artist, Wadlet 'Greedy' Meris, for the first bush tea session where they speak about family, being of Haitian descent, their relationship to their mother, labour, life in the Junkanoo shacks, classism and racism experienced across The Bahamas.

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The Blank Canvas: January 25, Margot Bethel and Leanne Russell

Holly Bynoe

Continuing to focus on artists participating in this year’s NE8 (Eighth National Exhibition), NAGB’s Director, Amanda Coulson, is joined this week by artists Margot Bethel and Leanne Russell, both of whose work uses diverse materials, creating immersive or interactive pieces, both of which discuss gender roles or perceptions of gender in our society.

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Owning our Image: Radical reclamation of self

Holly Bynoe

Images have always been controlled by those in power. Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett writes about how certain kinds of images have been used to represent us in particular ways that we usually have no control over. During slavery, blacks were depicted in a specific manner, and black women were always rendered either as workhorses, conniving thieves, jezebels, or wanton women. Here, Dr. Bethell-Bennett studies the work in the National Exhibition 8 to develop ideas around reconfiguring blackness.

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The Translation Conversation: Migration and navigating blackness in Bahamian womanhood

Holly Bynoe

There is a very specific kind of uneasiness in black Bahamians as we try to translate our blackness when we move into other spaces, and it is most felt and visceral when we emigrate. For the eighth National Exhibition (NE8), Giovanna Swaby addresses this discomfort directly in “I Learned In Passing” (2016). Through this displaced domestic setting, Swaby builds up a narrative that so many of us can identify with as black Bahamian women travelling abroad.

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Nurturing Art Criticism in the Caribbean: Creative Journalism Workshop held in Kingston, Jamaica

Holly Bynoe

Keisha Oliver writes about her recent visit to attend the British Council supported five-day creative journalism workshop held at the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica. The workshop addressed the shortage of trained arts writers and culture journalists across the Anglophone Caribbean and supported the attendance of eleven arts writers from Barbados, The Bahamas, Dominica, Jamaica St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Look, Listen, Live: A space for artistic and cultural expression

Holly Bynoe

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas(NAGB) has created a space we call the National Exhibition, now on its eighth run.  The NE8 offers local artists and artists of the diaspora a space to express their ideas and thoughts, concepts and theories. This week Dr. Ian Bethell-Bennett writes about the documentary photographic work of Tamika Galanis currently based in North Carolina and her investigation into the Over-the-Hill communities of Grants Town and Bain Town.

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Building Regional Allyship: Bridging the gap with art

Holly Bynoe

Director of the NAGB, Amanda Coulson, writes about her recent experience being an invited juror to the Jamaica Biennial which will open in February 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ). By building regional ally-ship and bridging the regional gap with art projects, this collaborative exchange between both institutions signals new growth and circulation in the industry. 

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The Blank Canvas: Jan 18, Christopher Cozier and Veerle Poupeye

Holly Bynoe

This evening we have a special Blank Canvas episode out of Kingston, Jamaica!! Taping in the musically historic Creative Sounds Studio on Mountain View Road (also notable as being located next to the Artist-in-Residency programme New Local Space/NLS operated by Deborah Anzinger, whose been a guest on the show!), BC host Amanda Coulson, meets with the Director of The National Art Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ), Veerle Poupeye (far left) and Trinidadian artist/curator/writer Christopher Cozier. 

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