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Transforming Spaces 2019 Exhibition: POPOP FOREVER

To pay homage to their partnership in recent months, The Current has curated the newly renovated Popop Studios for Transforming Spaces 2019. The team invited Popop alumni artists to submit works that encompass the show’s theme POPOP FOREVER. Artworks within the exhibition reflect upon each artist’s time at Popop Studios: whether it be older works created at Popop, or more recent works that recall a style or series connoted with their time at Popop. Also included in the exhibition are artworks that make visual reference to Popop’s physicality, residents or the transformation process. Overall, this body of work reflects a system of sustainability within the art community over decades, while speaking to Popop’s role in facilitating the sustenance of numerous art practices and careers.

Transforming Spaces (TS) 2019 is gearing up for its annual art bus tour which will be taking place on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, with tickets available at the NAGB, Doongalik, and  The Place For Art.

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NAGB Responds to British Council Decision

Over a year ago, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), entered into a formal agreement with the British Council to craft the final iteration of the “Difficult Conversations” series of exhibitions, public conversations and student mentorships, reflecting on the UK’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade throughout the Caribbean. The NAGB produced, in collaboration with the British Council, “We Suffer to Remain,” a group exhibition that supported the works of John Beadle, Graham Fagen, Sonia Farmer and Anina Major, and a series of public programmes—artists talks, public lectures and film screenings—that spoke in expansive ways about Blackness, ownership, the vestiges, trauma and the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and the implications of the empire in relation to its colonies.  

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Beyond Borders: Popopstudios ICVA taking strides and cultivating studio-community.

As we see the world reaching its boiling point politically, socially, and environmentally, it is sometimes difficult to know where to place ourselves as such a small nation with a limited influence in the world. 

However, there is a certain strength to be found outside this spotlight: we are not a global powerhouse, but we are guerrillas; we are grassroots, itinerant, we are organically growing and shifting communities. Most importantly, we are accessible, magic even, and we are real, despite the manicured image we constantly perpetuate and reform to sustain our life-blood, the insipid tourism industry. 

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Taking Up Residence – Popop Junior Residency Prize Recipients settle in and set off

It is a long upheld tradition in ‘the art world’ – that seemingly separate planet where for many it is baffling that one can take an unmade bed or a pile of bricks and call it art. Nevermind the fact this is all done with good conviction and reason – artists of all ages and in stages of their career can embark on the near-baptismal journey of the artist residency. Emerging or established artists uproot their lives and set those roots outside of their everyday  – for a period of weeks, months or even a year – and set out to make work and ruminate on their surroundings.

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PopopStudios Artist Tessa Whitehead selected as top emerging to watch at Major Contemporary Art Fair

Popopstudios artist Tessa Whitehead was selected as a top ten emerging artist to watch at art fair Volta NY by industry publication, Art and Signature. This is the fourth year that Bahamian art studio and gallery Popopstudios has been selected to exhibit at the fair which took place from March 2-6 at Pier 90 in Hells Kitchen, New York City. 

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