The Transforming Spaces Committee held a Press Conference today at the Towne Hotel to explain its mission and to introduce its new branding campaign whilst announcing plans for the new and exciting TS2016 Art Tour entitled “SWELL – Community + Collaboration” scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.Read More
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The Transforming Spaces Committee is pleased to announce plans for its 2016 Art Tour entitled ‘SWELL – Community + Collaboration’ which will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.
Now in its twelfth year, Transforming Spaces has been a significant component in the development of visual art in New Providence having catered to over 4,000 persons from The Bahamas and abroad. Every year Transforming Spaces has redefined its mission to promote local artists, reflect current trends i
n Bahamian art, and expose and educate patrons to the inner workings of the Bahamian art industry while challenging both artists and audiences to create and perceive art in new and innovative ways. The art tours have provided a window into the galleries, studios, artwork and lives of the best visual art organizations and practitioners in the country by not only transforming and improving the quality of the Bahamian physical, economic and social environment through artistic endeavours, but by also exposing Bahamian Art to the world.
Transforming Spaces was recently incorporated as a non-profit organization and is poised to enter a new phase of existence and purpose with a complete re-branding of its image and activities scheduled to be launched on Friday, January 22.
Transforming Spaces 2016, therefore, will also be offering several exciting changes to its format, including incorporating the Towne Hotel on George Street as the main curated exhibition space, in conjunction with the following satellite galleries: Central Bank of The Bahamas, The Great House at the Central Bank, Hillside House, and Popop Studios ICVA which will offer a series of openings and events throughout the week leading up to the weekend’s activities.
Well known for its popular interactive bus rides to visit the various galleries on a strict schedule throughout the day, this year, patrons will be treated to a revised structure with a shuttle bus which can be accessed at their leisure that will be constantly available at specified intervals between the art spaces. Art Tour Ambassadors will be accessible at all the spaces to assist patrons with their needs, and food, drinks and entertainment will be available at the Towne Hotel.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the beginning of February. For more information concerning the Tour, log on to the new website
Jodi Minnis’ first solo show questions the ‘sweethearting’ phenomenon
Jodi Minnis is looking forward to her first solo show, and she’s not holding much back. An emerging and energetic artist with plenty of gumption, Minnis demonstrates that she is unafraid of confronting something most Bahamians prefer to ignore or camouflage – sweethearting. Opening at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery on Thursday, January 14, “It’s a Bahamian Thing” will examine the extensive polyamorous practices that many have come to expect in Bahamian society.
“I think misogyny was the overlying theme that I wanted to grapple with,” explained Minnis. “When you listen to Bahamian music and you think about how the singers talk about women, it’s not necessarily from a demeaning standpoint but it happens in a way that the woman becomes the antagonist. In ‘Roach On My Bread’, the woman is the cheater… Then there’s a song that says ‘Gal you so bad, you cause’ me get catch’, where the singer is blaming the woman for his wife finding out that he’s cheating, but it takes two people to cheat. So I’m investigating that.”
Her critical analysis skills lend themselves both to her work, which is feminist, challenging and progressive, and her personal development. Minnis has worked both at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas as a gallery assistant and the Central Bank Art Gallery as an assistant curator alongside artist and curator Antonius Roberts in support of her higher education. Set on pursuing her bachelor’s degree abroad, Minnis has hopes of earning a BFA from a university in the region.
While her study plans are not yet concrete, one thing remains certain: Minnis is setting a strong foundation for the year professionally and academically. It is Central Bank tradition for the gallery’s curator to start the year off with an exhibition of his or her own work. Minnis was encouraged by Roberts and bank administrator Ian Fernander to take on the challenge of having her first one-woman show there this month.
Music seems a natural component of the exhibition, which also incorporates food, or its sexualized symbolic representation. Minnis has experimented with presenting Johnny cake – alluding to the local euphemism, ‘bread’ – and the shell and meat of the conch.
“Conch is considered a natural aphrodisiac,” said Minnis, “So if we consume, let’s say, one conch snack per week, how heightened are our sex drives? And is that propelling us to have extramarital affairs?”
She hopes the multi-sensory experience will prompt her audience to question the inconsistencies that arise from a normalized culture of infidelity and traditional Christian values.
Recently participating in Aruba-based Caribbean Linked, a residency program for young artists throughout the region, Minnis explored similarities in trends of infidelity between The Bahamas and other neighboring island states.
“It’s not a thing that is idiosyncratic to the Bahamas,” said Minnis. “In Aruba, they have the same thing. I think, like here, it’s almost normality in a way. But when you think about how it fits with our definition of a family structure, how do we define and accept it? And do we want to accept it and understand it?”
It’s a Bahamian Thing opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 14. All members of the public are invited to attend in support.
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