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National symbols unite exhibition at Doongalik Art Gallery

Published: Jul 20, 2013

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National symbols are used to unite a country’s people, representing the values, goals or history of a nation.

At Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, national symbols are being used to unite a new exhibition celebrating 40 years of the country’s independence.

“Emblematic” opens Thursday, July 25 6–9 p.m. at the gallery on Village Road and showcases the works of 14 Bahamians artists. The 20 pieces feature one of the country’s national symbols – the flag, coat of arms, lignum vitae, flamingo, blue marlin and yellow elder.

Some of the symbols included in the work are deliberate, while others are purely aesthetic.

In addition to an individual call to artists, Doongalik also mined pieces from the D’Aguilar Art Foundation and the Dawn Davies Collection.

The exhibition features paintings, photos, prints, ceramics and hand-made paper.

The featured artists are just as varied — Lynn Parotti, Paulette Mortimer, Jackson Burnside, Toby Lunn, Ricardo Knowles and Brent Malone, to name a few.

Doongalik manager Pam Burnside said she hopes the exhibition will provide an opportunity to talk more about national symbols and their significance.

National symbols also serve as a fitting and appropriate subject for the many requests she receives from summer schools looking for educational field trips.

“I wanted something that would be interesting for the school children to see, the national symbols from another perspective,” Burnside told Guardian Arts&Culture.

She noted that it was not until the call for works went out that many artists realized their work did not contain any national symbols.

“We found those symbols in works mostly from the older generation,” Burnside said. “We lived through independence.”


• “Emblematic” runs through August 9 at Doongalik Art Gallery, Village Road.

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