On Friday, March 23rd, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. the NAGB invites you to an artists' talk with the featured artists in "We Suffer to Remain", the British Council collaborative project which looks at the legacy of slavery, and its effects on The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean.
Bahamian artists John Beadle, Sonia Farmer and Anina Major, were invited to respond to Scottish artist, Graham Fagen's epic poetic sound clash "The Slave's Lament" and develop work as a call and response to Fagen's project. During the conversation, we will speak about the development of the unique projects while discussing the implications and realities of existing and thriving with the weight of history and colonisation.
During the evening we will speak about how our meditation sounds like coming from the inside the Caribbean and how this counter-narrative builds on the erasure that often encapsulates the stories of our past and how this continues to shape and inform our Bahamas.
Sonia Farmer (1987) is a writer, visual artist, and small press publisher who uses letterpress printing, bookbinding, hand-papermaking and digital projects to build narratives about the Caribbean space. She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small and independent press located in Nassau, The Bahamas, which produces handmade and limited edition chapbooks of Caribbean literature and promotes the crafts of book arts through workshops and creative collaborations. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Nassau including at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She is the author of “Infidelities” (Poinciana Paper Press, 2017) and several chapbooks. Her poetry has won the 2011 prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and has appeared in various journals. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing her MFA studies in Book Arts at the University of Iowa.
John Beadle (1964) was born in The Bahamas and grew up on the island of New Providence where he presently lives and works. Beadle is a multi-discipline artist whose range spans painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, earthworks and the festival arts. He draws inspiration from his involvement, his community’s cultural practices and the close observation of that space. Beadle mines his environment for information to inform his material use, utterances/narratives and direction; at times the material is metaphorical other times, physical. Beadle holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. degree in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and Tyler School of Art of Temple University, respectively.
Anina Major (b. 1981) Nassau, Bahamas is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works with clay. Her practice investigates the relationships between self and place as a way of cultivating moments of reflection and acceptance. Major studied at the College of The Bahamas, earned a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from Drexel University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Award for Sculpture, the Watershed Summer Residency Zenobia Award and MassMoCA Studio Artist Program. Her work has been exhibited in The Bahamas, across the United States and Europe.
Graham Fagen (1966) is one of the most influential artists working in Scotland today. His work mixes media and crosses continents; combining video, performance, photography and sculpture with text, live music, and plants. Fagen’s recurring artistic themes, which include flowers, journeys, and popular song, are used as attempts to understand the powerful forces that shape our lives. Fagen studied at The Glasgow School of Art (1984–1988, BA) and the Kent Institute of Art and Design (1989–1990, MA), and is a senior lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.
In 1999 Fagen was invited by the Imperial War Museum, London, to work as the Official War Artist for Kosovo, and since then has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. Exhibitions include “Golden Age”, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1999); “The British Art Show” (2000); “Zenomap”, Scotland + Venice at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003); “Bloodshed” at the Victoria & Albert Museum and “Art of the Garden”, Tate Britain (2004); Busan Biennale, South Korea; and the Art and Industry Biennial, New Zealand (2004).