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Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

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Bahamian art: Presenting. Uniting. Educating.

Events

Artist Talk and Tour of "Return: The Magic Flight"
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk and Tour of "Return: The Magic Flight"

On Friday, November 16th starting at 6 p.m. the NAGB welcomes you to an intimate affair, an artist talk with Lavar Munroe supporting the most recent chapter of his ongoing survey "Son of the Soil". “Return: The Magic Flight” transforms the NAGB Ballroom into a site for remembering and a homage to Munroe's late father. “Return: The Magic Flight” will be on view through Sunday, November 25th.

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NAGB Film Series presents Contact Zone and Free Swim
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

NAGB Film Series presents Contact Zone and Free Swim

Hosted by Bahamian filmmaker and NAGB film programmer Travolta Cooper, the NAGB Film Series continues with an exciting doubleheader with two Bahamian films "Free Swim" and "Contact Zone.

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We start the evening with Gustavius Renwick's short film "Contact Zone" which takes place in an art gallery in New York City and details the seduction and attraction between visitor and curator.

The main feature "Free Swim," an award-winning documentary film by Jennifer Galvin is about the paradox of coastal people not knowing how to swim. Taking place on the island of Eleuthera, we follow a group of kids as they overcome their fears, gain confidence and reconnect with their environment by learning to swim in open waters. With fresh memories of a friend drowning and the conflicts of growing tourism, for the children, it is not just about floating but gaining new skills for their future.

This and all screenings are free and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out and spend this wonderful fall evening with us.

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Women's Wednesdays: Women in Leadership
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: Women in Leadership

"More Bahamian women have been assuming leadership positions in the past few years, going beyond traditional expectations and limitations. It must be acknowledged that there are still many barriers facing women leaders today, and this raises questions for us as women leaders and the women they represent.

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What does it mean, in The Bahamas of 2018, to lead?
What are the differences between leadership, management, and representation? When do we need each?
What are the tools for effective leadership, especially in the face of challenges?
How can we bridge the gender gap in Parliament?
How can we balance work with self-care?
What do we need from our women leaders, and what do they need from us, in order to build the world we want?
How can we support each other more as women?

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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow."

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Photo Walk and Talk in Over-the-Hill
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Photo Walk and Talk in Over-the-Hill

Wrapping up support for the Creative Time Summit, on November 3rd, we will host a one-of-a-kind experience, inviting the public to join us on a Photo Walk and History Talk around the Over-the-Hill communities, with a guided tour by Christopher Davis, lead historian at the Pompey Museum. This vibrant and complex neighbourhood has been classified both as the “Nation’s Navel” and the Historic Centre, while also referred to by some as the “inner city” and the tour will focus on issues of gentrification and sustainability.

Joining us will be artists and academics Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, Melissa Alcena, Jodi Minnis, Dr Ian Bethell-Bennett and Eric Rose, each of them bringing their expertise and unique vision to the tour, along with the knowledgeable and impassioned NAGB staff.

 Images from the National Collection and The Department of Archives.

Images from the National Collection and The Department of Archives.

Bring your water bottles, cameras, sketch pads, recording and mobile devices and remember to wear comfortable shoes. We set off from the gallery at 10 a.m. sharp and invite everyone to have lunch afterwards at the Pepper Pot Grill located on King Street.

We look forward to welcoming you at these events. All events are FREE and open to the public. Click here to register for the conference!

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NAGB Film Series presents "Get Out"
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

NAGB Film Series presents "Get Out"

NAGB is proud to partner with Bahamian filmmaker Travolta Cooper and “The Cinemas” for the upcoming season for the NAGB Film Series. Cooper is a filmmaker with documentaries, a digital series, and an upcoming feature narrative film all at work; he is also the producer of the show “The Cinemas,” which is dedicated to the rise of Caribbean Cinema and under which banner he will be curating film with the NAGB.

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Get Out
 is in some ways the spiritual descendant of the Ira Levin novels like Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives. Only now instead of gender being at the forefront, race is. It tells the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) young black ma who goes to meet the parent of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) for the weekend.

A weekend that becomes an almost Twilight Zone version of "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner". Get Out is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele. Not much in Mr. Peele's TV or film history quite prepared us for the masterful direction of Get Out. And while he did not win the Oscar for best Director, he did win the Academy Award for best original screenplay. 



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Creative Time Summit Opens: Extended Viewing Hours
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

Creative Time Summit Opens: Extended Viewing Hours

The NAGB is happy to be a screening site for the 2018 Creative Time Summit, which opens November 1st in Miami. Over 80 speakers will engage with themes including immigration and borders, climate realities, notions of intersectional justice, gentrification, tourism as an enabler for neocolonialism, and the roles art and activism can play in all these pressing issues.

To kick off our weekend of support join us on Thursday, November 1st, for extended gallery viewing hours with libations from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. showcasing the brand new chapter of Lavar Munroe’s exhibition titled “Return: The Magic Flight” with never before seen work, and Jonathan Bethel’s Project Space Exhibition “Elemental”. .

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All events are FREE and open to the public. Click here to register for the conference!

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NAGB Film Series presents "Rosemary's Baby
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

NAGB Film Series presents "Rosemary's Baby

Hosted by Bahamian filmmaker and NAGB film programmer Travolta Cooper, the NAGB Film Series returns with "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), the groundbreaking psychological horror that changed the genre. Join us on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 7 PM for a hair-raising night of incredible film... if you dare.

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The groundbreaking film made 50 years ago, directed and written by Roman Polanski, features Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Ralph Bellamy and other icons of Hollywood. The film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects that an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.

The screening is free and open to the public. We will have popcorn on hand for sale. Come out and spend this wonderful cool evening with us.

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BaSHRA presents: Black Love, a 4-part masterclass series
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

BaSHRA presents: Black Love, a 4-part masterclass series

On Tuesday, October 16th starting at 6pm BaSHRA will host the second of its 4-part masterclass series with Part 2: Navigating Relationship Hurdles.

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In this second session, we will focus on emotional and psychological issues that arise due to poor communication habits, strategies to navigate difficult conversations, and tips to reconnect and reengage past the pain of conflict.

Our goals in this interactive series is to stimulate thought provoking dialogue, foster community growth and engagement, and promote awareness of diverse issues impacting the reality of achieving healthy #relationshipgoals. It is our intent to create a user experience that allows interaction in an open, non-threatening environment on the “core” issues that matter. Attendees can expect to walk away with actionable takeaways that leave them better than they came. There will be 60 minutes of speaker-directed activity, including an open floor discussion.

This series, will be facilitated by Marissa S. Nelson, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Sex Therapist (CST), and Relationship Expert and moderated by Denise Major.

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TRANS: A Migration of Identity goes to Andros
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

TRANS: A Migration of Identity goes to Andros

This October the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is taking its travelling exhibition to Fresh Creek, Andros! This unique initiative is accompanied by an extensive community outreach initiative inclusive of free workshops, a public talk, school visits (primary and secondary) and donations of museum literature for art teachers, schools and public libraries.

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Women's Wednesdays presents "Women in Bahamian History"
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays presents "Women in Bahamian History"

"Knowledge about the past is key to understanding where we are now and why. We need this information to create the feminist world/ future we need. What work have Bahamian women already done, and how did they do it? Is it included in the written accounts of history? What can we learn from the work of Bahamian women in the past? How do we ensure that the work we are doing now is recorded and shared for the benefit of those who come after us? We will be joined by local historians and storytellers who will add their thoughts to the discussion. See you there! 
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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow."

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BaSHRA Presents Relationships Master Classes around Black Love
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

BaSHRA Presents Relationships Master Classes around Black Love

On Tuesday, September 25th 2018, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), BaSHRA will be hosting the first of four Relationship Master Classes focused around the subject of “Black Love”. The theme of this session is “Trust issues, the silent relationship killer”.  There will be 30 minutes of speaker-directed interactive activity and 30 minutes for moderated open floor discussion.

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4th Sundays are back in September!
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

4th Sundays are back in September!

The NAGB's 4th Sundays are back! We took a short break in in July and August for our special summer programming and now this Fall, we are giving you yet another reason to visit us on our FREE resident Sundays. Get a free tour of the NAGB's current exhibitions, "Double Dutch: Hot Water", "Hard Mouth" and our newest exhibitions opening September 13th, "Lavar Munroe: A 10-Year Survey", and the "Potcake Exhibition." 

Add an exciting element to your visitor experience and connect with and learn more about the artworks at The National Art Gallery! Tours will be held every 30 minutes beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interested persons can stop in to our Mixed Media Store to sign up for an available tour and meet our wonderful docents! 

Interested in becoming a Volunteer docent? Contact Education Officer, Katrina Cartwright at kcartwright@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800.

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Portfolio Workshop for teens at the NAGB this September
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Portfolio Workshop for teens at the NAGB this September

The NAGB is offering another FREE portfolio workshop on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 for aspiring young artists with big hopes and dreams who are applying for entry into college/university art programmes in 2018 or 2019. Our January and April workshops had a huge impact and we received amazing feedback from all of our participants.

“I loved the portfolio workshop. It was very informative, interactive and fun!– Portfolio Workshop participant ‘18.

We want to do our best to support these young artists and know how daunting college/university applications can be (we have all been there!) so please let us help you learn the ins and outs of creative arts applications. A little extra knowledge goes such a long way to making your application stand out in the ways that count.

See flyer for more details, or call the NAGB at 328-5800 during weekdays or email our Education Officer Katrina Cartwright at kcartwright@nagb.org.bs.

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Women's Wednesdays: The Relationship Between Women's Rights and LGBT+ Rights
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: The Relationship Between Women's Rights and LGBT+ Rights

"The Referendum of 2016 proposed four constitutional Bills. Bill #4 sought to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which could have paved the way for improved legal rights for the LGBT+ community. The bill incited highly publicised displays of homophobia. There were voters who considered themselves in favour of women’s rights, but against Bill 4. 

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These events raise important questions: 
-What are the intersections between women’s rights and LGBT+ rights? 
-What are the institutional and cultural barriers to achieving equal rights for LGBT+ Bahamians? 
-What can we learn from regional LGBT+ movements in the Caribbean? 
-What does it mean to be an effective ally to the LGBT+ community? 

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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives.

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow."

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Opening Reception for Potcake Exhibition
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception for Potcake Exhibition

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is proud to announce that its “Open Call for Potcakes” received over 40 submissions. Through an internal jury process we were able to narrow down the selection to support works by the following artists: Julia Browning, Dahar Butler, Barbara Christofilis, Janae Ferguson, Tamika Galanis, Thomas Hairston, Lyndera Hall, Jalan Harris, Domonique Jacobs, Allan Jones, Stephanie Jurgens, Camaron Louis, Natalia Nuñez, Matthew Rahming, George Robinson, Maelynn Seymour-Major, Gillian Smith, Katrina Toothe, Debra Trewin, Patricia Vazquez-Vandenberg, and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield.

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A formal reception will be held on Thursday, September 13th in the Project Space Room at the NAGB in conjunction with the opening of Lavar Munroe’s 10-Year Survey. The opening will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Lavar Munroe's 10-Year Survey Opens
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Lavar Munroe's 10-Year Survey Opens

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to save the date for the upcoming 10-Year Survey of works by Lavar Munroe. On Thursday, September 13th from 7 pm - 10 pm, the NAGB will exhibit over 50 works created from 2008- 2018, focusing on the evolution of Munroe's creative practice and it's materiality move off the wall and into a richer dimensionality at once exploring the fragility and tenuous relations of the human condition, Blackness, the grotesque and the beautiful. 

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National Exhibition 9 (NE9), Call for Works Deadline Extended!ss
Aug
26
12:01 AM00:01

National Exhibition 9 (NE9), Call for Works Deadline Extended!ss

In preparation for the NE9 set to open on Thursday, December 13th the deadline for the Call For Works will be extended by one week, ending on Sunday, August 26th, given several recent developments which positively impact the call and its mission.

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We are thrilled to reveal the jury for the NE9– “The Fruit and the Seed”–which includes Mr Derek Rolle, the deputy governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas; Mr. John Cox, Former Chief Curator at NAGB and current Artistic Director at The Current Studios at Baha Mar; and Mr. Allan P. Wallace, local artist and instigator. Joining them will be NAGB Chief Curator, Holly Bynoe and two international curators, Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Programs at the California African American Museum and independent LA-based curator former associate curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami Diana Nawi. Keith and Nawi were recently named joint curators of Prospect.5, the next edition of the New Orleans Triennial.

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The call for works seen here with set requirements invites all artists to submit proposals and works by the deadline of Sunday, August 26th, 2018 at 11:59pm. Late entries will not be acknowledged. 

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Double Dutch "Hot Water" Opening Reception and Artists' Talk
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Double Dutch "Hot Water" Opening Reception and Artists' Talk

This year's series moves into its seventh iteration with "Hot Water." Opening on Thursday, August 23rd, the environmental and sustainably-focused project sets its eyes on Ragged Island and provides a moment for the collaborative meeting of two collectives, Expo 2020 emerging from the University of The Bahamas (UB), and the Plastico Fantastico Collective with members from the United States, Cuba, Brazil, The Bahamas and London.

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Using the site of Ragged Island as a space to think about sustainable futures, the imagination collides with fantasy and fiction as both teams meet to speak about concerns around climate change and fragile natural ecologies. Through displacement, the narrative of destruction and rebuilding after Hurricane Irma provides a map for the nation to begin to deal with the trauma of loss, devastation and reclamation of cultural identity.

Expo 2020 is represented by Ide Thompson, Ashley McClain and Moriah Lightbourn with advisors Michael Edwards and Dr Ian Bethell Bennett leading the UB team. Plastico Fantastico members include Maria Konder, Rafael D'Alo, Daniel Kukla, Ruben Millares, Alexandra Timchula and Antonia Wright. Ethan Knowles–NAGB attaché and summer intern–joins the team to further anchor the exhibition’s context with writing and field notes further clarifying the relationship of the environment to our humanity.

Double Dutch brings together ”local and regional artists, irrespective of where they are currently residing, to produce provocative bodies of work through collaboration and exchange. The project works against ideas of nationalism and the insularity of our creative environs by creating an experimental hub to explore regional and diasporic culture, our creative acumen and sensibilities.

“Hot Water” runs through the end of October.

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Women's Wednesdays: Changing the Way We Talk About Sex
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Women's Wednesdays: Changing the Way We Talk About Sex

From proposals to sterilize women on the election campaign stage to public shaming of young black women on the frontlines of white-owned businesses, sexuality and the right to bear children are under attack. The rules seem to be different for women -- black women, poor women, unmarried women. We need time and space to talk about the "issues" raised, largely by men, where our bodies are concerned. Join us for a conversation about sex. Who gets to have it? With whom? For what purpose? What policies, systems, and services exist to support our choices? What do we need to create for ourselves?
 

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Women's Wednesdays was founded by Equality Bahamas as a response to community members' requests for a space to access resources, experts, and practitioners, share knowledge, and engage in conversation with one another. Officially started in May 2017, Women's Wednesdays highlights Bahamian women and our experiences in The Bahamas, specific to our identities including gender, race, sexuality, age, and ability. Held once per month at minimum, the events draw women together to have conversations that bring our individual lives into focus while connecting to family, community, and national narratives. 

#WW242 intentionally centers and prioritizes women and girls, and is open to the public through in-person events, livestreams, and social media activity. With the support of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, we create a safe space for knowledge-building, idea-sharing, critical dialogue, and movement-building.

Inspired by Equality Bahamas' Women's Wednesdays, there is now a similar initiative in Guyana, and other countries in the Caribbean are expected to follow.

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Never been to a Women's Wednesdays event? Watch the session on Health & Wellness here: https://vimeo.com/251740616

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Mixed Media Summer Art Camp Exhibition "Back To Da island" Opening Ceremony
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Mixed Media Summer Art Camp Exhibition "Back To Da island" Opening Ceremony

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to the opening ceremony of "Back To Da Island" our Mixed Media Art Summer Camp Exhibition on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 6 p.m. in Fiona's Theatre and the Project Space Room. Light refreshments will be served and the dress code is 'Sunday Go to Meeting'. The opening ceremony is free and open to the pubic. 

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"We Suffer to Remain" finissage presents A True & Exact History: A Reading
Jul
29
4:00 PM16:00

"We Suffer to Remain" finissage presents A True & Exact History: A Reading

On Sunday, July 29th at 4pm, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will host a reading of Sonia Farmer's "A True & Exact History." Farmer’s erasure of one of the most formative descriptions of the English Caribbean in the seventeenth Century, Richard Ligon’s 1657 guidebook, “A True and Exact History of Barbadoes.” uses the language at the core of this text to interrogate narrative as a device of cohesive history in the Caribbean space. 

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Presented as an artist book in “We Suffer to Remain,” the closing of this exhibition will reimagine this poem as a sound piece. Using eleven speakers to represent the eleven separate parishes of the island, their voices inhabit and exchange threads of these dispersed narratives, ultimately calling into question what it means to write “a true and exact history” of anything.

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