New Providence Art & Antiques (NPAA) returns to Transforming Spaces this year presenting “Build and Battle”. The title is inspired by popular terminology in Junkanoo shacks signifying creation and process. Jay Koment, director of NPAA, drew from his experience with the Genesis Junkanoo Organization over the past year; he recognized that Junkanoo would be a perfect match for this year’s theme: Swell: Collaboration and Community.
Three builder-artists from the Genesis Junkanoo organization, Doyle Rolle, Gino Rolle and Juan Cartwright, will transform Popop Studio’s outdoor space into one where fine art and Junkanoo communities can meet on common ground. Cartwright and Gino Rolle will create two main pieces – a pair of male and female figures, each about 15 feet tall. Doyle Rolle will construct a costume of repurposed plastic water bottles. On Wednesday, March 9, the Popop opening night, visitors will also be treated to other costumes on display and a ‘rush-out’ performed by Genesis at 8 p.m. The hope is that Transforming Spaces patrons will be able to gain further insight into the Junkanoo creative process.
Transforming Spaces tickets are now on sale for $35 (regular admission) and $100 (VIP). They can be purchased from the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Bahama Handprints, Doongalik and Hillside House.