How do we define ourselves? What does a dialect do and, within that vernacular, what does our dissent sound like? “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” is a look at the way language–both verbal and visual–has shaped The Bahamas and how we view ourselves. From the way we speak, to the way that we voice our discontent, to the way we envision ourselves as women and as part of the Black Diaspora, “Hard Mouth” is a call to the “biggity” and bold nature of Bahamians and a foray into how this archipelago, around the Tongue of the Ocean itself, finds its voice.
The NAGB team is taking the Inter-Island Travelling Exhibition to Grand Bahama for the second time this April! We were last in Grand Bahama in 2016 with “Max/Amos”, which was showcased at the Charles Hayward Library; now the NAGB's travelling exhibition programme is taking "Trans: A Migration of Identity” to our second city, where it will be on display at the Rand Nature Centre from April 5th- 26th, 2019.
Averia Wright presents "Straw Paradox: The Pig that Built His House of Straw" in the NAGB Project Space her following her moving works for the National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and The Seed", "Elevating the Blue Light Special." Drawing from tradition and her family's history, Wright will explore the legacy of straw works and its relationship to the Bahamian tourism industry.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas brings to life a collection of over 110 works from the master Bahamian artist, Chan Pratt. We celebrate Pratt's life and creativity posthumously in "Resurrection." Working closely with Dewitt Chan Pratt, Chan's son along with 20+ collectors across the archipelago we bring to life his story and ruminations on the landscape and honour the legacy of works left for study and record.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is proud to present a collection of new paintings by interdisciplinary artist Tessa Whitehead. Her first solo exhibition in The Bahamas titled "...there are always two deaths" catalogues the artist's observations of the landscape, everyday life, and the inner working of nature in conjunction with the sacred feminine.
Tamika Galanis takes an in depth look at the Alan Lomax Collection which boasts hundreds of sound recordings and photographs collected from New Providence, Cat Island, and Andros on Lomax’s initial trip in 1935 and a subsequent trip back to Andros in 1979. The sparse documentation of the initial trip shrouds the archive in mystery, making it near impossible to locate the descendants of those whose likenesses appear in the collection some eighty years later; but, the dead continue to speak through the materials.
The National Exhibition 9 "The Fruit and the Seed" will open on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 an run through March 31st, 2019. A socially curious project, “The Fruit and the Seed” centres around how artists are working to define their space and experiences. Whether it be through the lens of race, gender, parity and class as a way to clarify cultural, social and aesthetic decisions, the art-making process is used as a tool to bring to the fore ideologies on activism and advocacy, leading to a more empathetic and understanding culture.
Avid Junkanoo practitioner, Carlos Bain, lights up the Project Space (PS) room for the month of December and January with a refreshing take on the traditional elements of the annual festival. Using crepe paper, bright colours, organic shapes and the congregation and crowds in the festivities, Bain advances and broadens the representations around Junkanoo and the connectivity of the spirit of communing together. You are invited to celebrate the works in "Second to None" which will be on view through Sunday, January 20th, 2019.