Blank Canvas: January 8th, 2020, Leanne Russell

On the first Blank Canvas of 2020, we host Abaconian artist, Leanne Russell, in the studio to talk about her artwork in the NAGB’s latest exhibition, “Refuge.” An open call to Bahamian artists to create works processing the events during and after Hurricane Dorian, Russell created images with archival images of the Great Abaco Hurricane of 1932 overlaid with her own documentary photos from the 2019 tragedy.

Still living and rebuilding in Green Turtle Cay, while her children had to be sent away for school, Russell speaks to the hope this work gives her, understanding that Abaco thrived after a similar disaster.

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