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Blank Canvas: November 1st, Melissa Alcena

Mixed Media Blog

Blank Canvas: November 1st, Melissa Alcena

Katrina Cartwright

On tonight’s “Blank Canvas,” we re-visit with young Bahamian photographer, Melissa Alcena. Alcena has already made a strong impression on the local art scene, with her involvement in the recent exhibition at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation in the group show “Diversions,” which is on view until November 7th. She now embarks on, “Some (re)assembly required,” her first solo exhibition in The Bahamas at the NAGB’s Project Space, where visitors can get a deeper understanding of her photography practise.

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In this gem-like show, the NAGB presents a collection of 20 photographs focusing on the Black Bahamian and Caribbean male as a central subject and the issues around representation, exile, displacement and becoming. Her images reveal problems around conventions: stigmas, stereotypes and fragile masculinity, while shining a light on the social space of The Bahamas as a country rife with racial tensions, disparities and charm.

Alcena’s approach to portraiture is environmental; by photographing her subjects in their surroundings, she highlights aspects of their lives and personalities.You can learn more about Alcena’s practise by attending her Artist’s Talk and Open Studio at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Saturday, November 4th at 5 pm.

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