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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Issue No. 379

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“Oliver and Harrison in the chicken run”
by Bahamian artist Tessa Whitehead.
(2018 / Oil on canvas / 36 x 48 / Collection of the artist)
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An exhibition of artwork by Tessa Whitehead, entitled
“...there are always two deaths”, opens tonight at the NAGB
along with a second exhibition of over 110 works by the late
Bahamian artist Chan Pratt entitled “Resurrection”.
Both shows open tonight at 7pm.
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D O U B L E / E X H I B I T I O N / O P E N I N G :

NAGB presents: “...there are always two deaths” by Tessa Whitehead & “Resurrection” by Chan Pratt

• TONIGHT: Thursday, May 2nd | 7pm | at the NAGB


The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) is proud to open two exceptional exhibitions tonight at 7pm.

The first exhibition is the first solo by interdisciplinary Bahamian artist Tessa Whitehead showcasing a new body of paintings entitled “...there are always two deaths.” This first solo exhibition showcases Whitehead’s extraordinary and haunting work and delves into many subjects that deal with the past, folklore and landscape; but also with feelings of rejection and belonging that arise from issues of race or mixed heritage, but also of gender and the dark, difficult journey that entails moving through the 21st century as a Bahamian woman.

The second exhibition is a collection of over 110 paintings by the renowned late Bahamian artist, Chan Pratt. The exhibition entitled “Resurrection” is a celebration of Pratt’s life and creativity. Specific works were selected to challenge creative expression, inspire conversation and evoke strong emotional responses from viewers. Pratt is known as one of the first Bahamian visual artists who successfully transitioned from the corporate world to follow his passion and go on to produce breathtaking works of art.

The opening reception takes place tonight, Thursday, May 2nd from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will feature entertainment and light refreshments.

CLICK HERE for the event page.




T H E A T R E :

Ringplay Productions presents: “Untitled”

THIS WEEKEND: Fri & Sat, May 3rd & 4th at 8pm | Sunday, May 5th at 6pm | Dundas Theatre, Mackey St

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Ringplay Productions presents a new production entitled “Untitled”. It is being staged this weekend at the Dundas Theatre and it uses performance and abstract art to promote mental health.

“Untitled” is written by Patrice Francis and J. Ben-Hepburn and is directed by Marcel T. Sherman.

Tickets are $30 and available at the Dundas Box Office. For more information, please call 393-3728.

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Interview with Co-Writer Patrice Francis


(Photo by Tara Woodside)

Q. Why a name like Untitled?
A. It’s easy to get attached to labels and by so doing, box ourselves in. Many abstract art pieces are labelled “Untitled” to give the beholder the freedom to take from the piece what they will; what they need. “Untitled” is based on the concept that the content of people’s lives and the weight of their expressions are more significant than what they choose to name an experience, a process or a painting. Untitled supports the idea that we’re all still…becoming and sometimes we become without knowing what to call it.

Q. What can audiences expect from the production “Untitled”?
A. Expect to be moved. You’re in for an evening of therapeutic conversations, monologues and short plays - all originally written by Francis and Ben-Hepburn. Some pieces will sponsor laughter, others will usher in serious reflection and hopefully everyone will find something provocative that leads to self-exploration and discovery. [...]

CLICK HERE for full interview at Native Stew.




A R T / L E C T U R E :

NAGB ACE Series presents:
Diana Nawi – “Curating in Context”

• Tuesday, May 7th | 7pm | at the NAGB

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The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) presents the third installment in their Art, Culture and Exchange (ACE) Series, devoted to growing a healthy space for reciprocation, discourse and debate.

For their third lecture, Los Angeles-based independent curator, Diana Nawi, will discuss the critical way context has shaped her curatorial work, addressing her recent retrospective of the work of Jamaican-born John Dunkley and her major upcoming project co-curating the 2020 city-wide triennial, Prospect New Orleans, with Naima J. Keith.

Diana Nawi is an independent curator based in Los Angeles and the Co-Artistic Director of Prospect.5, New Orleans. Most recently, she organized Michael Rakowitz: Dispute between the Tamarisk and the Date Palm at REDCAT, Los Angeles, and Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles. Nawi previously served as Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami where she organized exhibitions with artists including Yael Bartana, Nicole Cherubini, John Dunkley, Iman Issa, Bouchra Khalili, LOS JAICHACKERS, and Nari Ward.

CLICK HERE for event page.




A R T / E V E N T :

The Place for Art presents: All Things Cuban!

• Saturday, May 18th | 3pm–8pm | The Place for Art, 20 Village Rd

The Place for Art Framing Center at 20 Village Road, Nassau is hosting a one-day custom framing event called ALL THINGS CUBAN! on Saturday, May 18th from 3pm to 8pm. Customers are encouraged to bring in all their Cuban paintings, drawings, photos, objects, and more to be framed and receive an automatic 15% discount on framing. There will be Cuban food and mojitos on sale. If mojitos are not your taste, feel free to BYOB!

CLICK HERE for event page.


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NAGB presents Chan Pratt Exhibition: “Resurrection”

Pratt’s work speaks to the urbanisation of the Bahamian landscape.

by Blake Fox


Painting by Chan Pratt

Slated to open tonight, Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), “Resurrection” is a retrospective of over 100 paintings by noteworthy Bahamian artist Chan Pratt. The collection prominently features Bahamian landscapes between the 1980s and 1990s with scrupulous attention to the local flora. Having died suddenly–and at a young age–much of Pratt’s work was undocumented and there is an unfortunate lack of historical information on the artist and his practice. To resolve this lack of exposure, the NAGB is working with Dewitt Chan (DC) Pratt, Chan Pratt’s son, and over 20 collectors of Pratt’s work to pay homage to his talent which was sometimes overlooked.

Chan Pratt’s floral adorned landscapes remind us of what our landscape used to look like.

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Painting by Chan Pratt

Among the many botanical paintings in the collection, there are two paintings that focus on and present an appropriate contrast: buildings--instead of vegetation. Pratt’s application of paint is steady and precise, creating a sense of clarity in the work. Expectedly, concrete buildings and angular lines present a certain rigidity which complements the organic and painterly approach to nature in his work. Pratt’s attention to detail is impeccable: the repetition of the shingling and the window panes, the gentle folds in the curtains, and the subtle shadows all seem mundane, but these nuances reveal the artist’s contemplation and appreciation of the finer moments which may be deemed insignificant. [...]

CLICK HERE for full text at NAGB.

Current Smallworks OpenCall

The Current places Open Call for Small Artwork

Submission deadline: Friday, May 10th, 2019.

The Current, Baha Mar’s Gallery & Art Center, is excited to announce their upcoming exhibition, “Small Works”, a juried exhibition of works that may not exceed 12" x 12" in all directions (including framing).

Submission Guidelines:
• All mediums are applicable.
• Artists can submit up to ten works for consideration.
• Submit a PDF of images that includes all details about each piece.
• Each artist must submit an artist bio, headshot, and statement (if applicable).

Please submit to


Jodi Minnis appears in her senior photography series entitled “Not Your Bahama Mama”.

Bahamian artist wins award at winning work in BFA graduation exhibition

Bahamian artist Jodi Minnis was just awarded last week with the Charlene Gordon Award in Visual Art by the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Tampa (UT). Jodi is set to graduate from the University on May 11th with a BFA in Fine Art (Drawing & Painting).

The monetary award is based on the student’s time and body of work created at the University. It was developed by UT’s College of Arts and Letters Advisory Board Chairman and UT Trustee Charlene Gordon. Ms Gordon’s personal criteria in selecting the awardee is that it go to the Senior with the “strongest desire to succeed”.

Minnis states, “I can’t express how grateful I am for the faith that my professors and the faculty of UT have in me. I literally could not have made it through the last two years without their support and understanding. But I did make sure that I included the fact that I graduated from the College of The Bahamas in 2015 with an Associates of Art because foundation is important! I am just so very full and grateful and humbled.”

Minnis’ senior work is also currently being featured in the University of Tampa’s BFA graduation exhibition entitled “Undertones” being held at the University’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery.

This group exhibition features Minnis’ work along with 9 other graduating women artists working in a variety of techniques. Minnis’ presents two sets of work entitled “I Fried Fish for Me” and “Not Your Bahama Mama” respectively. They include the media of painting, photography, and drawing. The work showcases the themes of race, gender, representation and ‘Caribbeanness’.

Stay tuned for next week’s issue where we will feature in more depth Minnis’ senior projects.

CLICK HERE to visit Jodi Minnis’ website.


Bahamian historian, filmmaker and documentarian Tamika Galanis.

Bahamian filmmaker selected for BlackStar Film Festival

SCREEN, the BlackStar Film Festival is being held from April 12th to July 11th, 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. The Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global indigenous communities, showcasing films by Black people from around the world. This year, Bahamian historian, filmmaker and documentarian Tamika Galanis’ short film “When the Lionfish Came” is included in the line up of only six films selected.

“When the Lionfish Came” was also selected by The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to be screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. as a part of the museum’s first ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival. The Smithsonian also selected the film to be screened at the International Film Festival at Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2018.

“When the Lionfish Came” is a six-minute illustration of disappearing Bahamian culture and sea life, the palpability of the absence of real climate change initiatives, and the continued pursuit of tourism despite cultural decline. It uses shot and found footage of the Bahamian coral reefs, ravaged by invasive lionfish, and the island’s traditional Junkanoo celebration to compose a counter-paradisiacal narrative that advocates the preservation of Bahamian culture and native marine life.

Tamika Galanis is a Bahamian documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Post-MFA Fellow in the Documentary Arts at Duke University, Galanis’ work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Her photography-based practice includes traditional documentary work and new media abstractions of written, oral, and archival histories.

CLICK HERE to view short film at MOCA.

Lucayan Village

Ground was broken on The Lucayan Village at Clifton. (Source:

Lucayan Village to be established at Clifton Heritage National Park

Against the backdrop of balmy ocean breezes and crystal blue waters, ground was broken for the establishment of a Lucayan Village at the historic Clifton Heritage National Park, Southwest Road, on Friday, April 26, 2019. A Lucayan Village Billboard was also unveiled.

The ceremony marked the first in a series of events that are intended to revitalize the heritage, history and culture of Lucayan, European, and African ancestors.

Among the officials at the ceremony were the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, MP and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; His Excellency Reuben Rahming, MP and High Commissioner to CARICOM; the Hon. Shonel Ferguson, MP and Chairman, Clifton Heritage Authority; Senator Jamal Moss; Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister Minnis; Ms. Rhoda Jackson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel; students of Sandilands Primary, Gambier Primary and Windsor schools, members of the Clifton Heritage Authority and the Coalition to Save Clifton.

In her remarks, Ms. Ferguson recognized members of the Coalition who were present and thanked them for their efforts to save the property on which the Clifton Heritage National Park resides. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Eyewitness News.


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