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Studio visit: Jessica Colebrooke
Five days a week, you’ll find Bahamian ceramicist Jessica Colebrooke in her Nassau studio, which is tucked away behind her home in the Gleniston Park community. 19 years ago, Colebrooke started out in a 10 x 10ft room with a sheet of plywood on two...
 
 
Gendered norms and deconstruction
As The Bahamas moves into a new administration, 50 years of Majority Rule and over 40 years of independence have done little to remove the boundaries around free expression and positive self-imaging. Basking in its Victorian properness, as long as i...
 
 
Gender and the dream
The dream sold is of young men being told that they are prosperous, only to realize that they are imprisoned in a tangled web of failure or underachievement. Young men from the inner city, once the thriving home of Blacks — forced by segregation an...
 
 
From the collection
The title is undoubtedly provocative, given the Bahamian bent toward Christianity, but “Let Us Prey” (1984-86) is, quite literally, a gift. Donated by Dave Smith in 2007, the work is at once an act of good faith while simultaneously critical of b...
 
 
Studio Visit: Lavar Munroe
Interdisciplinary artist Lavar Munroe grew up in the Grants Town community of Nassau, The Bahamas, and has lived and worked in the United States for over thirteen years. Munroe’s work exists as a reflection of the environment of his upbringing and ...
 
 
Art documenting history
Art is a well-known document of history. All types of creative expression chronicle the moment they depict. Portraits, much like those on display in Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, are examples of this, especially the Goyas, for example. This co...
 
 
What’s on at the NAGB
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas opened on July 7, 2003, just three days before the country would celebrate its 30th year of independence from the British. Nearly a decade in the making, the NAGB was mandated with the task of preserving and pr...
 
 
From the collection
“Built on Sand,” (2003) by Dionne Benjamin-Smith, is in some ways the sister work to “Bishops, bishops everywhere and not a drop to drink” (2003). Both works are of the same dimensions, which instantly makes us as viewers try to compare them ...
 
 
From the collection
Works dealing with the divine, with Christianity, with the spiritual, are very much rooted in what we consider to be part of our representation of Bahamianness. In looking to the work of Dionne Benjamin-Smith, an artist and graphic designer known for...
 
 
Lessons on leaving a legacy
Attorney, music director, composer, scholar, visionary, and award-winning Bahamian legend the late Cleophas Adderley Jr. was one of the country’s most treasured talents, emerging as a cultural ambassador dedicating his life to music. Although Adde...
 
 
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