We start most of our tours at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) downstairs, in the space showcasing our permanent exhibition, Bahamian Domestic. A show centered on portraying everyday life in The Bahamas, Bahamian Domestic includes visual representations of the places Bahamians live, work and play. It also takes a deeper look at some of the social issues that The Bahamas still grapples with today. For locals and international visitors, it serves as a comprehensive overview of works by some of the country’s younger and more established artists.
Smith’s “Cul-De-Sac” is meant to spark curiosity and provoke the reactions it has about the country’s illicit problems that coexist with the marketable image of paradise. Like many of the works in Bahamian Domestic, the piece is a social commentary on the dualities that prevail in the country.