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Published: Jun 29, 2013

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Artist and filmmaker Maria Govan answers Arts&Culture’s 20 Questions.


1. What’s been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?

My first seven-day silent Vipassana retreat, and of course, finding love.


2. What’s your least favorite piece of artwork?

I am not such a fan of extremely conceptual work, particularly if it’s too cerebral and needing to explain itself. I would rather be moved than led to think.


3. What’s your favorite period of art history?

I love abstract expressionism.


4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?

Gosh this is tough. The Sound of Music (I’ve watched it the most in my life), Trainspotting (It was so fresh and unique), City of God (Just powerful!), Rabbit-proof Fence (Really touched me), and Hunger (Such an incredible directing debut).


5. Coffee or tea?



6. What book are you reading now?

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha.


7. What project are you working on now?

There are two narrative feature films that I have written and want to produce in the next two years – “Epiphany”, a Bahamian drama about a Greek Bahamian family and an illegal Cuban immigrant, and “My Life in a Dojo”, a NY slice of life dramady.


8. What’s the last show that surprised you?

NE6 was amazing (but in truth, I knew it would be)!!!


9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?

One Family for costumes, and maybe Saxons for music, though I love all Junkanoo!


10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?

At this moment, Eleuthera.


11. What’s the most memorable artwork you’ve ever seen?

Most recently, “God’s Bride” by Roberta Stoddard.


12. Which artist do you have a secret crush on?

Hmmm…either Frida Kahlo or John Beadle...?


13. If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?

President Obama.


14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country’s history?

Well for me, my mother, Irene Klonaris Govan, who is amazing, but for the country I would have to say, Sir Lynden O Pindling.


15. Who is your favorite living artist?

That’s so tough…I love Lavar Munroe’s work. I think he’s incredibly talented, as is Robberta Stoddard, a Jamaican artist I’ve recently come to know.


16. Sunrise or Sunset?

If I had to say which I love the most, it would be sunrise…perhaps because it’s more special. I see far more sunsets these days.


17. What role does the artist have in society?

I believe our work is a reflection. The artist makes connections both in the process and with the work itself – we illuminate, challenge, evoke feeling, inspire, generate empathy and a deeper understanding of our nature, our humanity, all of which can be deeply healing and ultimately unifying.


18. What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I peed my pants at Wong’s Plaza wearing my St. Andrew’s high school uniform. My cousin made me laugh so hard it just happened. It was awful.


19. What wouldn’t you do without?

At a high level… my partner, who is one of the best things to happen to me, and my friendship with my mother, who is my rock.

On a practical level – I’m in a long distance relationship and so when the Internet/Skype goes down I really feel it – that and my toothbrush.


20. What’s your definition of beauty?

Truth. Vulnerability. Acceptance. Grace – Especially amidst adversity and struggle.


• First printed November 24, 2012.


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