NE6 – “Kingdom Come”
The Sixth National Exhibition
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
West and West Hill Streets
Nassau, New Providence
November 15th, 2012-April 7th, 2013
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 Adults; $3 Students/Seniors
Free for children under 12.
Free admission for all Bahamians on third Sunday of every month.
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) presents the sixth biennial exhibition NE6, showcasing contemporary artists of Bahamian descent or those living and working in The Bahamas today. Under the new directorship of Amanda Coulson, this year’s edition changes format and, instead of an open call, becomes a themed exhibition, entitled “Kingdom Come,” to which artists, selected by the NAGB’s Chief Curator, John Cox, are invited to participate.
The NE6 aims to explore the challenges of “transition” in modern times, in which we are brought abruptly closer together thanks to the spoils of electronic and social media platforms that connect every aspect of our existences. With a mouse click or Smartphone swipe, suddenly the other side of the world becomes the other side of the street, and our secure notions of
what constitutes life are challenged. We are bearing witness to the dynamics of an emerging global culture filled with beauty and wonder, juxtaposed with anxiety and the anticipation of a fast approaching, uncertain reality. The spiritual and emotional self is affected by the external realities of social, political, religious, and environmental upheaval, which calls to our attention the role we play in what is to come and just how we got here.
The modern Bahamas certainly does not fall outside the realm of concerns delivered by this global conversation. The narratives of endings and beginnings, life and death, positive and negative, are by no means new, yet somehow in their most basic forms, are still central to the core understanding of ourselves and the greater story that we fit into.
“Kingdom Come” provides 49 visual thinkers with a practical platform to collide their visions of our contemporary island life, whether presenting complete confusion or hopeful projections of new beginnings.
Their responses delve into issues of identity, transformation, spirituality and balance, justice and survival. Sabrina Lightbourne’s public intervention of large-scale poster photographs, plastered through the streets of Downtown Nassau, highlight Bahamian racial and ethnic diversity and question the national acceptance of Who Is Bahamian? In her floor-to-ceiling feather installation, Dede Brown explores the recurrence of “dramatic realignments” and “rebirths” and questions the expectation of a “perfect equilibrium”. Kendal Hanna and Toby Lunn both investigate the abyss of the universe through an emotional expressive gesture that speaks to the immeasurability and potentiality of the unknown, while Tyrone Ferguson creates a physical metaphor with a sculpture that leads the viewer along a tightrope without an established destination. Apryl Burrows speaks directly to the rights (or lack thereof) of women in Bahamian society with a dramatic work focusing on overcoming the oppression of gender restrictions upheld by past laws. John Beadle critiques the idea of territory, security, and ownership in his work Low Cost Housing Scheme, a work that analyses effects of involuntary and voluntary migration and our sense of physical and mental space, suggesting
that the inevitability of change need not be disorienting if one carries their history with them.
Swiss psychologist Carl Jung refers to the conversion of St. Paul as the great nervous breakdown: a necessary transformative event that manifests in the lives of those individuals brave enough to forge their own paths. Perhaps, if society is heroic enough to follow them, these paths could lead to a collective infrastructure that may guide us to a new kingdom yet to come.
- Christina Ashe painting
- Joann Behagg ceramics
- Lillian Blades mixed media
- Dede Brown painting/drawing
- Apryl Burrows fashion/sculpture
- Maria Chisnal textile
- Jessica Colebrook ceramics
- Christina Darville wall painting
- Claudette Dean video/sculpture
- Veronica Dorsett mixed media
- Sonia Farmer book making
- Del Foxton paper/installation
- Kendra Frorup mixed media
- Yutavia George mixed media
- Patti Glinton-Mecholis poetry/sculpture
- Maria Govan film/painting
- Susan Katz sculpture
- Sabrina Lightbourne photography
- Candis Marshall photography
- Susan Moir Mackay mixed media
- Keisha Oliver sculpture
- Lynn Parotti painting
- Holly Parotti printmaking
- Donna Whitfield Dacosta photography
- Italia Williams mixed media/body
- Eleanor Whitely painting
- John Beadle installation/sculpture
- Jonathon Bethel painting
- Lawrence D. Burns painting
- Michael Edwards installation
- Tyrone Ferguson sculpture
- Kendal Hanna painting
- Andret John sculpture
- Thierry Lamare painting
- Scharad Lightbourne photography
- Toby Lunn painting
- Jace McKinney installation/sculpture
- Jeffrey Meris installation/sculpture
- Lavar Munroe mixed media/sculpture
- Kishan Munroe painting
- John Paul painting
- Jackson Petit video
- Malcom Rae painting
- Dylan Rapillard mixed media
- Heino Schmid painting/mixed media
- Steven Schmid paper/mixed media
- Dave Smith painting
- Max Taylor woodcut printing
- Allan Wallace painting