NAGB moves into a summer of curiosity as we prepare for the opening of
the acclaimed Small Axe Project "The Visual Life Of Social Affliction"
on Thursday, August 22nd starting at 7:00 p.m. Our monthly film series
showcases the documentary on James Baldwin, "I Am Not Your Negro" this
Thursday and we share more from our exhibitions past and present.
"The Visual Life Of Social Affliction" Opens Next Week!
All Are Invited!
a region replete with all manner of social horrors, of painful
histories, how do we find ways to address loss and suffering? “The
Visual Life Of Social Affliction” (VLOSA), a Small Axe Project, holds a
difficult and beautiful exhibition of work that looks into the ways that
Caribbean art and visual culture has and continues to engage with these
histories and their very contemporary repercussions. From Native
genocide to slavery, colonialism and Indian indentureship, VLOSA brings
together artists and writers from across the Caribbean and diasporas to
delve into powerful work that challenges notions of power itself.
The show opens on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr David
Scott himself, Jamaican anthropologist and the founder of Small Axe.
There will be refreshments, light bites, libations and DJ Ampero
delivering the tunes we need on a summer night with some provoking work
to stimulate your gray matter. NAGB exhibition openings are FREE and
OPEN to the wider public. See you there!
by: Kara Springer, Barbados/Jamaica (top), Blue Curry, The Bahamas
(bottom left), and Florine Demosthene, Haiti (bottom right).
Catalogue Hot off the Press and on Sale in Mixed Media Museum Store
Designed and executed by Juliet Ali, the catalogue of The Visual Life Of Social Affliction,
is an aesthetic-intellectual representation of the work of the ten
artists and ten writers who participated in this Small Axe Project. But
it is much more than this. It also aims to capture in a single document a
central concern in the ethos of the process by which the Small
Axe Project, as essentially a project of criticism, works with visual
material, namely to draw artists and writers into a vital conversation,
into a reciprocal dialogue that, we hope, will benefit both. No work of
art goes—or should go—without saying.
NAGB welcomes you to a special screening of the critically acclaimed
2016 documentary film " I Am Not Your Negro" directed by Raoul Peck,
based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript "Remember This House."
The film will screen this Thursday, August 15th starting at 8:00 p.m.
all are welcomed. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film
explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's
reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and
Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his observations of American
history. The NAGB is excited to bring this contemporary masterpiece to
Fiona's Theatre, and as a reminder, this and all screenings are FREE and
open to the public.
“Poor Man’s Orchid” (1989) Sue Bennett Williams, watercolour on paper, 11 inches diameter. The Dawn Davies Collection.
Bennett Williams, nature lover and enthusiast, is a stalwart of
Bahamian art education, from her personal classes with grade-schoolers
to her time at the College of The Bahamas. Her work shows her love of
the environment, but her pedagogy shows her love of the Bahamian
landscape beyond flora and fauna. “Poor Man’s Orchid” (1989) is just a
small portal into this practice of care for the place we call home and
is on view in our newly rehung Permanent Exhibition "Timelines 1950-
2007," curated by Richardo Barrett.
Farmer and Shivanee Ramlochan’s collaborative work from the NE9,
entitled “The Red Thread Cycle” (2018) after Ramlochan’s poetry series,
was an unflinching, brutally honest, and tender work around dealing with
the horrors and afterlife of sexual assault. This artist talk sees both
women speak to their practices, but also to their journey working
together to bring this piece to life. Farmer, a book artist and author
herself, began conversations with Ramlochan (a Trinidadian poet gaining a
considerable amount of literary traction) to bring her intense and
unapologetic literary imagery to life in hand-made books and audio
recordings from the mouth of the poet herself.