Smith and Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART and CULTURE’ Issue No. 361Friday, November 9th, 2018 • • • •Sharing Art and Cultural News of The Bahamas for


Smith and Benjamin’s
Issue No. 361
Friday, November 9th, 2018

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Sharing Art and Cultural News
of The Bahamas for 18 Years

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CLICK HERE to see online version.

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Detail of “One Voice” (2018),
by Grand Bahama artist Chantal E.Y. Bethel
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This piece by Bethel, along with the work of other Grand Bahama artists Claudette Dean, Laurie Tuchel, Del Foxton, and Paula Boyd Farrington, will be on display in the exhibition “YIN” opening tonight at 6pm at the Hillside House Gallery.
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upcoming art
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L I T E R A R Y :

SeaWords Bahamas Literary Festival & Writers’ Conference

Friday, Nov 9th–Sunday, Nov 11th
Atlantis Ballrooms, Paradise Island

SeaWords Bahamas is a Bahamian literary festival poised to take its inaugural flight this weekend into the exhilarating world of words crafted by those who know their power and ability to enliven intellect and spirit, releasing readers to mind-fly to realms locked to us in the physical frame. The festival is so named to link writing to the beauties of the marine environment that makes our Atlantic archipelago unique.

Participating Bahamian and international writers and authors in performances, workshops, and panel discussions include: UK Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Diane Gedymin, Marion Bethel, Helen Klonaris, Kareem Mortimer, Zemi Stewart, Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, Dr. Nicolette Bethel, Erica Wells-Cox, Eric Rose, Christopher Curry, Ide Thompson, Suzette Parker, Thea Rutherford, Patrice Francis, Adair White-Johnson, Marie Sairsingh, Rogan Smith, and many others.

SeaWords, created by Creative Nassau, is organized by a group of creative Bahamians whose mission is to celebrate writing in all its many and growing genres, to put a spotlight on the works of the still small but dynamic cadre of local writers, and to build bridges to connect with writers across the globe for mutually beneficial exchanges. Lastly, we aim to give our compatriots greater exposure to authors from home and abroad.

CLICK HERE for SeaWords Festival for full schedule of events.
CLICK HERE for SeaWords Festival Facebook page.
CLICK HERE for SeaWords Festival Official Magazine.

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 Yin graphic

E X H I B I T I O N :

YIN Art Exhibit

• Friday, Nov. 9th
• 6pm–9pm
• Hillside House Gallery
• Cumberland Street

Five talented Grand Bahama artists, Chantal Bethel, Claudette Dean, Laurie Tuchel, Del Foxton, and Paula Boyd Farrington, open their new group art exhibition YIN tonight at Hillside House Gallery at 6pm. Celebrating feminine energy and spirit, these artists have come together and created art that centers on the theme “Yin" (as in Yin & Yang), each a half of the harmony of the Universe, with works honoring the energy of the Divine Feminine.

Yin Calls Forth a New World of Feminine Transformation

by Ilene Sova, Hon BFA, MFA, Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design University


Artwork by Claudette Dean.

“I’ve always said the fact that all women aren’t stark raving mad is a complete miracle because to live in a world where basically every bad thing that happens to you, you’ve somehow brought on yourself by being female … it’s just like, come on, man! It’s like … to the least of us, whatever is going on, it’s happening to all of us.” – Callie Khouri, screenwriter of “Thelma & Louise”

The past two years have been extraordinarily difficult on the psyches of women around the globe. Newsfeeds are full of disturbing stories of sexual assault, the falls from grace of several male celebrities and cultural icons, and the pulling back of dark curtains revealing immense pain and abuses of power in all sectors of our society.


"Faceless" by Laurie Tuchel.

Social commentary abounds on how the enormity of this abuse was allowed to go on for such long periods of time. Women from all levels of society began to speak out in large numbers, bringing what was hidden behind closed doors, out into public view. Secrets of violence whispered to each other in back channels were suddenly being blasted loudly on cable news; relentlessly dissected, cast with doubt, and denied by powerful men. How does this onslaught affect our consciousness? How does bearing witness to these damaging stories change the way we view ourselves and the women around us? How will these revelations and their ubiquity change how we interact with one another? What does the future hold for the human relationships we hold the dearest?


'Letting Go' by Del Foxton.

These questions and versions of them are swimming about in the public consciousness. Although it is much too soon to know the answers, what seems clear is that if we are to have a way forward; we need a hand in the design of what we want our future to look like. We will need to be creative, manifest new ways of being with one another, and imagine possibilities that bring us back into a healthy balance.

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'New Garden 1" by Paula Boyd Farrington

In this exhibition Yin, Chantal Bethel, Claudette Dean, Laurie Tuchel, Del Foxton, and Paula Boyd Farrington work towards this seemingly impossible intention. Through a visual journey into a return to balance, these women begin to show us, through art, a time of harmony, a return to respecting the sacred feminine and the healing it has to offer the world.

Upon examining these works, one can imagine these women in their studios working past the misogynist upheaval through the vehicle of their artistic practices. Around them, as they move in and out of creation, the mass media amplifies stories of environmental disaster, men overpowering women, reactionary politics, and sanctioned state violence. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Paula’s Paradise Blog.
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S E M I N A R :

NAGB presents: Teachers’ Seminar
in Art & Literature

Saturday, Nov. 10
At the NAGB, West Hill St.

The NAGB presents the newest edition of their FREE Teachers’ Seminars for educators living and working in The Bahamas on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. Participants are encouraged to bring a novel, collection of poems, short stories, or even a play as you discover how Art and Literature make a great pair in the classroom. To register, contact Katrina Cartwright at or call 328-5800.

CLICK HERE for more info at NAGB.


T A L K :

NAGB presents: Jonathan Bethel Open Studios

Saturday, Nov. 10th
At the NAGB
West Hill St.

The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas invites you to Bahamian artist Jonathan Bethel’s Open Studios which takes place at the NAGB on Saturday, November 10th, from 5:00 p.m. Jonathan will speak about his practice of painting and his exploration of the environment.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.




L A U N C H :

Whimsical Bahamian Teapots: Book Launch & Exhibit

Sunday, Nov 11th
Hillside House Gallery
Cumberland Street

On Sunday November 11th from 2pm-6pm, Bahamian ceramicist Jessica Colebrooke will host her first book launch at Hillside House. The “Whimsical Bahamian Teapots” event will offer a tea party and exhibition experience featuring Colebrooke’s 2018 Fall Collection of Whimsical Tea Pots.

The publication is a coffee table book which represents a small but specific niche of Jessica’s art production – Teapots! Tickets are $120 and will include a signed copy of the book, a keepsake teacup made by Jessica, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and samples of native Bahamian bush teas. To reserve your space, contact Hillside House at 322-7678 or Jessica Colebrooke on 324-3533 for ticket details.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.



NAGB Lavar Return

T A L K :

NAGB Artist Talk and Tour:
“Return: The Magic Flight” with Lavar Munroe

Friday, Nov 16th
At the NAGB
West Hill St.

On Friday, November 16th starting at 6pm, the NAGB welcomes you to an intimate affair, an artist talk with Lavar Munroe supporting the most recent chapter of his ongoing survey “Son of the Soil’. Entitled “Return: The Magic Flight”, this engaging piece transforms the NAGB Ballroom into a site for remembering and a homage to Munroe’s late father. “Return: The Magic Flight” will be on view through Sunday, November 25th.

There will be a special presentation and sale of the exhibition’s catalogue with essays by Simon Njami, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Laurie Ann Farrell, Amanda Coulson and Holly Bynoe.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


C O N C E R T :

NAGB presents: Willis and The Illest LIVE!

Friday, Nov 16th
At the NAGB
West Hill St.

The NAGB is bringing you a FREE live performance by Willis and The Illest as a part of their “A Season @ Fiona’s Theatre” on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Willis and The Illest is a dub-style reggae band fusing rock, hip-hop, jazz and other genres into its musical sound, spreading peace, love and unity through their soulful, energetic performances. The theatre is going to fill up quickly so make sure you arrive early to secure your seat!

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.

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W O R K S H O P :

NAGB presents: Scavenge and Sculpt Workshop w/ Lavar Munroe

Saturday, Nov 17th
At the NAGB
West Hill St.

Join the NAGB for a new and different kind of workshop with artist Lavar Munroe on Saturday, November 17th at 10am. Using his assemblage sculpture as inspiration, Munroe will lead workshop participants in using upcycled objects in unusual ways. Participants will be asked to bring a single stationary object with them—something they have no intention of using again. This can be an old shoe, cell phone, cup…..whatever can be found. This object will be the central component of a sculpture that will be made using cardboard primarily, and other found objects. The finished project can be abstract or representational or completely wild—whatever the participants want.
Ages: 13 + / Cost: Adults $25 / Students $10.

CLICK HERE for event’s Facebook page.


art & culture stories
from the bahamas


TOP: Kishan Munroe / BOTTOM: Lynn Parotti

Bahamian artists in new Barbados exhibition dealing with Caribbean migration

The University of the West Indies (UWI) in association with the University of St. Andrews (U.K.), are pleased to present Arrivants: Art and Migration in the Anglophone Caribbean World, an exhibition which is funded within the scope of the Horizon2020 EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project and facilitated by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Staged to coincide with the International Museums Conference Itinerant Identities: Museum Communities / Community Museums co-hosted in Barbados by The UWI and the Museums Association of the Caribbean, Arrivants will be on view at the Barbados Museum, St. Ann’s Garrison, from Friday, November 9 to the end of January 2019.

Invited to exhibit are 25 artists from the Caribbean including Bahamians Kishan Munroe and Lynn Parotti. Arrivants consists of a series of interventions into the galleries and exterior spaces of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, with work in various conventional and new media. The Barbados iteration of this exhibition has been curated by consultant curators Veerle Poupeye and Allison Thompson.

Taking its title and its focus on “the journey” from Kamau Brathwaite’s The Arrivants trilogy, to which the exhibit also pays tribute, the exhibition explores the diasporic nature of Caribbean society as documented and interrogated through its artistic production. The focus is on the Anglophone Caribbean at different points in time from the mid-twentieth century to the present day and on the cultural impact of migration from and to the United Kingdom, and by extension Europe and to North America, as well as the movements within the Caribbean and Central American region. In doing so, we also consider the earlier histories of forced and voluntary migration, that have become deeply embedded in the psyche of Caribbean peoples, and the manner in which these have shaped the identities and experiences of Caribbeans today, whether they are (or are not) themselves migrants. Most of all, the art selected for this exhibition focuses on the social and cultural impacts of these migratory patterns, their political significance, the histories of defiance and resistance, and their implications for individual and collective identities.

As a project, Arrivants also reflects on the processes involved in art exhibition-making in the Caribbean, the challenges as well as the opportunities for new thinking and innovative approaches, and the critical need for capacity development.

CLICK HERE for more details at exhibition website.

Arlene nash Ferguson

Bahamian Junkanooer and culturist Arlene Nash-Ferguson

The little Bahamian girl who became a cultural enthusiast

by Hadassah Hall-Deveaux

“There is more that unites us as junkanooers than what separates us. These superficial boundaries and people not speaking to each other, these divisions have stopped us from charting the way forward. I ain’ gat no time fa dat.” ~ Arlene Nash-Ferguson

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Arlene Nash-Ferguson grew up on top of the hill – not over the hill. Yet, this proud Bahamian has a strong pull towards the history of this heritage community and her love for the nation’s culture runs deeply in her veins.

So what is the difference between the top of the hill and over the hill?

“I was born Delancey Street, but grew up through West Street. The area was formerly known as Delancey Town – established by freed African slaves. It was not technically over the hill, but it was one of the three townships – including Grants Town and Bain Town – that surrounded Old Nassau,” she explained.

The northern boundary of over the hill is reported to begin on School Lane.

While many persons born in the historically rich area bordering over the hill have sold those houses and moved into the suburbs, Arlene decided to turn the family homestead on West Street into Educulture Junkanoo Museum and Resource Centre, an experiential educational platform that celebrates the spirit of The Bahamas through history and the artistry of Junkanoo. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Over–the–Hill Blog.

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Sasha Dees with Bahamian collector Dawn Davies at her home during one of her many visits.

Making the connection

In conversation with curator Sasha Dees about her time of travel and research across the Caribbean.

by Kevanté A. C. Cash

A laidback woman comes from the behind the building to greet me upon hearing the call of her name. She is stationed on the benches of the National Art Gallery’s back porch overlooking the Sculpture Garden – just above the newly opened Amphitheatre named “Fiona’s Theatre” – that opens to Hospital Lane.

Sporting a cool summer dress in the middle of Bahamian fall, she says she was “soaking up the sun and catching up on messages” while waiting for my arrival.

She is Sasha Dees, a Dutch independent curator, festival and theatre producer and arts writer, currently doing research across the Caribbean.

“The research that I’m doing is actually not a part of anything. It’s really in my interest. So, what happens is there’s a mid-career grant – the governmental visual art fund – that’s there for artists but also people working within the arts like curators, writers and so on to take some time off to do something they always wanted to do but never found the time or had the money to do.

“So, often it was more so museum workers giving themselves a chance to take a sabbatical to maybe write a book or do more research on a subject that’s within the museum. It’s very rare for people like me to get the grant because I’ve always worked independently but when I thought again, I figured – ‘There still might be a possibility.’” [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at The Nassau Guardian.


Charleigha Knowles

Bahamian FMU student writes about Michelle Obama in co-authored book

A former student of the Grand Bahama Catholic High School, Freeport, Grand Bahama, and now a senior at Florida Memorial University, Charleigha Knowles is certainly making her mark as her writings have been included in the book, ‘Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls.’

The edited collection explores how First Lady Michelle Obama “gradually expanded and broadened her role by engaging in social, political and economic activities which directly and indirectly impacted the lives of the American people, especially young women and girls. The volume responds to the various representations of Michelle Obama and how the language and images used to depict her either affirmed, offended, represented or misrepresented her and its authors. It is an interdisciplinary evaluation by African American women and girls of the First Lady’s overall impact through several media, including original artwork and poetry. It also examines her political activities during and post-election 2016.”

Charleigha’ s excerpt can be found on page 285 with the subtitle, “A Title Removed: First Lady Michelle Obama since Leaving the White House.” Charleigha speaks to the significant impact of Lady Obama’s rise, and the influence it had on young women of colour in particular. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at The Bahamas Weekly.


L-R seated at Bahamas Booth, Bahamian artist Lyndera Hall and Phylia Shivers, Sr. Marketing Representative, BTO, Florida, surrounded by paintings of Hall depicting Bahamian culture.

Young Bahamian’s paintings displayed at national art fair in South Florida

by Jeannie Gibson

The works of young Bahamian artist, Lyndera Hall, were recently displayed in The Islands Of The Bahamas booth during the Las Olas outdoor art event in the arts district of downtown, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The young artist, who was also in attendance in The Bahamas booth along with the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Florida marketing team, had the opportunity to see her work being appreciated by the thousands that strolled through the area over the 2- day weekend of the popular art show. The young professional was one of some 200 artists whose works were displayed, and offered at prices varying from $5.00 to $50,000.00.

Hall’s appearance at the show was sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, as a part of their booth to showcase the country and all that it has to offer. Tina Lee, the BTO’s District Manager, said that having the young artist expose her work at the international event presented an ideal opportunity for The Bahamas to display its culture front and center. “It allowed us to show that The Bahamas has beautiful beaches, awesome weather, luxurious hotels and exciting events, but also world class art as a part of our unique culture,” she said. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at The Bahamas Weekly.


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The long eye of culture

A mash-up, a hybrid.

by Dr. Ian Bethell Bennett

Atilla Feszt

Fake Plastic Trees, (2017). Attila Feszt. Works originally produced for the National Exhibition 8 in the Project Space room to speak about gentrification and land use, grab and ownership. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Bahamian society and culture are already deeply creolised and vibrant, so why not make every effort, take every chance to show who we are?

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Barbadian calypsonian Gabby performed “Jack”, and people laughed. In the early 2000s Bahamian performer K. B. sang “Dey Sellin’”, and people laughed. In fact, people criticised him for exaggerating. “Dey sellin’”… culture captures what we do not see. Oral and aural culture deliver serious critical visions and versions on what a gwan, as the calypsos of the Trinidadian ‘trinity’ Mighty Sparrow, Shadow and Chalkdust made critical, often blistering interventions in all matters of national concern. Today, we hide from this kind of cultural richness or defame it. In “Apocolypso” – first published in 2004 and recirculated in 2013 – Christian Campbell highlights the shifting tides and sands of Bahamian landscape and the accompanying cultural erosion and erasure.

It opens with: “In 2020, The Bahamas is no longer The Bahamas. It is now called ‘Disney Bahamas’”.

As the shores of one island disappear into the chasm of a fantasy world, should we lament or be glad in it? As the focus of Bahamian cultural identity becomes sharper yet far more diluted, we ask ourselves if we really are interested in cultural expression and even in Bahamian sustainability. Dey tell us say, don’ question, don’ talk ‘bout de environment: two hefty mandates simply quashed by the voice of reason.

We knew this was coming; however, things come in intriguing ways. We hoped that it would not, and we hoped that the country would be built up through local ownership and partnerships, but the environment has been struck off the list of things we can be concerned about or mention when we discuss sustainable development. In the face of the UN’s recent declaration on climate change and sea level rise, we seem to have taken a left turn straight into capitalism’s end of world discourse (apocalypse). Enjoy now. Forget tomorrow!

Government does talk good in the international arena, but, hit home, and dey is be bound by de arm, put in headlock and told wha’ ta do, an’ dey does it ‘cause de lack of air getting up to de head does drop. Campbell offers: “Many Bahamians died, were poisoned, grew deformed from the pollution of a so-called environmentally safe pipeline running from Bimini to Florida, approved by the old Bahamian government in 2006”. The pristine blue-green waters vanish under the non-white exploiter’s wall, benevolence and kindness. [...]

CLICK HERE full text at the NAGB website.


A D V E R T I S E M E N T S:


B O O K :

A Lifetime of Photography by Roland Rose”


Roland Rose, then and now.

Widely considered a master in his field, Roland Rose’s photographic career spans an incredible seventy years. His extensive range of photographs document many of The Bahamas’ most significant moments. Few in the history of this country have recorded more of its making or more of the passion of its people. Beyond history-defining events, he has captured the emotion, beauty, spirit, and soul of The Bahamas.

This limited edition catalogue features over 300 of Rose’s B&W and colour photography and would be an important addition to a history buff's book collection.

Get your limited edition copy now at The Island Store, Lyford Cay; Bahama Art & Handicraft, East Shirley Street; and The Princess Street Gallery, Harbour Island.


“Art from the Heart” Kids’ Art Competition

Submission Deadline: Saturday, Nov. 30th at 6pm


Furniture Plus is hosting a special art competition for children aged 8–18 called “Art from the Heart”. Submission deadline is November 30th, 2018. Kids are asked to create artwork from their hearts – something that shows the place where they feel most at home, happy and free. The competition wants kids to use their imagination to draw or paint that place where they feel connected to themselves and full of joy.

Winners receive a score of amazing prizes including $2,500 worth of kids’ bedroom furniture, scholarships, art supplies, and having their work showcased on Furniture Plus vehicles, plus more! For more information, full rules and entry form, please email

CLICK HERE for full details at the NAGB website.


art stories from the region
and around the world

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"Waterfront, Bahamas" (detail) is just one of several of Stephen Etnier’s paintings on loan to the museum from John and David Etnier. (Contributed Photo/Maine Maritime Museum)

Paradise and plantation

Exhibit at Bath museum looks back at Maine’s historic ties to Caribbean and asks Mainers to rethink Maine’s relationship with the Caribbean.

by Nathan Strout

In Maine, mention of the Caribbean brings visions of a tropical respite from Maine’s long, cold winters. But the next plate of baked beans you eat should also bring the region to mind, as you’ve to the Caribbean islands to thank for a key part of that recipe.

A new exhibit at the Maine Maritime Museum is hoping to change Mainers’ understanding of the Caribbean by reminding them of the state’s long and vibrant history with the region. “The Tropics Next Door: A Look at Maine and the Caribbean” traces Maine’s relationship with the islands all the way back to the colonial era.

In the 1700s and 1800s, Maine, and the port of Bath, engaged in a huge amount of trade with the Caribbean. “It was a completely busy port, with captains going regularly to these islands. We think of globalization as kind of a 20th or 21st century idea. Absolutely not,” said Curator of Exhibits Chris Timm. “People were going there regularly for trade.”

While Maine may seem somewhat isolated from much of the world today, back then it was a center for trade in the new world. Interacting with the Caribbean was a part of regular life for many Mainers. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at the Times Record.


The transcendent spirit of
Haitian contemporary art

PÒTOPRENS is an exhibition about Haitian artists
that rebel against stereotypes of Haitian art.

Haitian Art

Michel Lafleur and Richard Fleming, “Salon de Beauté Marie Rogère”

by Valentina Di Liscia

Walking through PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince at Pioneer Works feels much like wandering through a city. Narrow passageways give way to sparse, open spaces; glimpses of revolutionary history flicker among junk-lined streets; and the impetus to create persists, rising from the veritable ashes of an earthquake that is far from forgotten in the collective memory. Though heavily imbued with the symbols of Haitian Vodou and influenced by Afro-Caribbean traditions popular beyond the nation’s capital, the works on display in this daunting group exhibition cannot be estranged from their local roots. Against the background of a country torn by political and natural forces, the artists of PÒTOPRENS build upon the materiality of their immediate surroundings, at once exposing the vulnerability of their conditions and heroically transcending them. Place and poiesis are locked in a permanent embrace that refuses to unravel.

“The exhibition was initially conceived as a historical study of Port-au-Prince and its centers of production,” asserts Edouard Duval-Carrié, a Haitian-American artist and co-curator of the show, along with British artist/curator Leah Gordon. The correspondence between urban topography and artistic styles informs such inclusions as a makeshift working barbershop in the garden. The freestanding structure, which might seemed like an oddity in most art exhibitions, was built to display the lush portraits of artist Michel Lafleur, whose works regularly adorn Port-au-Prince’s beauty parlors. [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at Hyperallergic.

Mighty Sparrow

The Mighty Sparrow, c.1970 © Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

A sparrow, a rose and the Empire Windrush at London’s Barbican

Veteran calypso stars will be among the performers in a show celebrating the arrival of Caribbean immigrants.

by David Honigmann

The First Windrush was a ship, the HMT Empire Windrush, a troopship taken from Germany in 1945 as a prize of war. Then it was an event: shorthand for the arrival in Britain of immigrants from the Caribbean in 1948. Then, more recently, it was a scandal: shorthand again for the injustices meted out to the Windrush generation by a Home Office set on managing immigration by means of a hostile environment. Now it is a concert, curated by the Trinidad-born, south London-based poet Anthony Joseph, to be held at the Barbican in London on November 17.

“Windrush,” says Joseph, “needs to be celebrated in a way that is joyous and that shows the contribution that people have made rather than concentrating on the politics that have been dominating it. People of that generation, how have they changed Britain? How have they made the UK what it is?”

This is an ambitious prospectus for a two-hour concert. The programme is intended to represent successive waves of immigration. At the top of the bill are two veteran Calypsonians. “It’s a huge show,” Joseph says. “We’ve got Calypso Rose, who’s the queen of calypso. We’ve got the Mighty Sparrow, who’s the king of calypso, so we’ve got the king and the queen. It’s a real coup to have them both together in a major show like this at the same time.” [...]

CLICK HERE for full story at the Financial Times.


Firelei Báez, “To write fire until it is every breath” (detail) (2018) Acrylic on canvas (108 × 192 in.) (Courtesy the artist and Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. Photo: Adam Reich)

Redrawing the history of women of color in vibrant hues

Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire, on view at Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, offers long-overdue recognition for a number of women activists, writers, artists, and politicians of color.

by Julia Friedman

For a few months in 2018, Dominican Republic-born, New York-based artist Fierlei Báez immersed herself in the vast archives of Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of The New York Public Library. With help from librarians, archivists, and curators at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Báez researched dozens of stories of women of color who had made remarkable contributions to society.

These women inspired Firelei Báez: Joy Out of Fire, a series of dynamic paintings now on view at the Schomburg Center’s Latimer/Edison Gallery. Blending bright colors and portraiture, the paintings serve as a mini history lesson, offering long overdue recognition for a number of activists, writers, artists, dancers, and politicians.

In “To write fire until it is every breath,” the faces of Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, and Ella Baker jump out from a background of plants, dotted patterns, and scrawled cursive words rendered in purples, maroons, and pinks. In “magnitude and bond,” Katherine Dunham, an innovator in modern dance, takes center stage, her white skirt shimmering amongst yellows, browns, and corals. Each painting has a unique palette and creates a distinct world for its figures. Báez also plays with dramatic depth in her works; saturation and line in the backgrounds are lighter and less detailed, so that the canvases visually fade out, adding to their misty otherworldliness. [...]

CLICK HERE to read full article at Hyperallergic.


Photo by Patrick Tomasso.

New copyright rules could prevent artists from sharing work on social media

by Benjamin Sutton

Imagine it’s the summer of 2021, and an artist based in Berlin is uploading an image she created to express her support for the candidate vying to be Germany’s next chancellor—whomever she or he turns out to be—in the style of Shepard Fairey’s iconic 2008 Barack Obama Hope campaign poster to Facebook. Before the image hits the news feed, a recently introduced Facebook upload filter checks the artist’s image against a vast database of copyrighted materials, turning up Fairey’s poster and countless other images in a similar style. The artist’s upload is denied; she can appeal the filter’s decision, but the process could take weeks, by which time the election will have passed and the image may be irrelevant. She gives up on sharing her artwork.

Changes to the European Union’s Copyright Directive may bring about scenarios similar to the one described above if the amendments approved by the European Parliament in September are adopted without significant alterations. The directive is intended to overhaul the EU’s copyright legislation, which has not changed significantly since it came into effect in 2001. It would require tech giants like Facebook and Google to share revenue with news organizations whose articles are currently being shared or condensed into snippets by aggregators like Google News without compensation. It would also hold social media and content-sharing platforms responsible anytime artists’ copyright-protected works are uploaded without their permission. [...]

CLICK HERE for full article at Artsy.


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