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NAGB Call for Works: NE7
Jul 11, 2014 - 7:28:39 AM

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Call for Works: NE7
Deadline for concept submission:
July 15th at 11:59 p.m.

This is an Open Call for Works from Visual and Literary Artists for The Seventh National Exhibition : NE7 : Antillean: An Ecology, Curated by Bahamian artist and lecturer Michael Edwards and Holly Bynoe, a visual artist, curator and writer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

I start from the belief that Caribbeanness is a system full of noise and opacity, a nonlinear system, an unpredictable system, in short a chaotic system beyond the total reach of any specific kind of knowledge or interpretation of the world... – Antonio Benitez-Rojo

For the past 11 years, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas has committed itself to fostering of local artists who continue to push the frontiers and foundations of culture across the islands. The institution assumes a critical role in the development of visual arts and a strong economy of thought and language that devotes itself to exchange, the shoring up of national identity, scholarship and education. This year’s National Exhibition 7 (NE7) will challenge Bahamian visual/creative practitioners both resident and afield to respond broadly to the dynamics of race and class.

The NE7 will have a symbiotic relationship with Blackness: A Comparative, Cross-National Investigation of Meaning and Significance, a conference initiated by Duke University being hosted at The College of The Bahamas. Complexities of the modern notions of Blackness, Whiteness, and the in between will be interrogated to consider how these markers have been manifested socially, politically, culturally and economically. We invite artists to investigate, within a broad disciplinary field and through various mediums, the impact and implications of the dynamic relationships that have been forged by the passage of time, and issues arising out of race, ethnicity and its contemporary discourse.

To do this, we look towards citizenship, migration, the landscape, collective traumas, slavery, Indentureship, trade, racial delineations, the hybrid and rhizome; we look at things that have shaped our identities. We consider the imagination, memory, language and mythologies and how they offer a critical space to intersect with stereotypes that are deeply ingrained in our social fabric about personal and public personas...


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