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the importance of intimacy: Jodi minnis shares moments of vulnerability through moments of intimacy

The brush of a hand, a comfortable silence, the ability to show tears freely. All of this encompasses the idea of the word intimacy, and this is what Jodi Minnis is exploring through the historic, heavy tradition of oil painting. There are certain images that come to mind when we think of oils: grand halls and gilded frames showing mythic men and genteel women. Very rarely, however, do we think of Black faces amidst the magic and trickery of traditional figurative oil paintings, taking the texture of our 3-dimensional world into the 2-dimensional canvas plane - and we certainly do not think of Caribbean ones.

 
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The National Art Gallery of The  Bahamas - Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean

How do we define ourselves? What does a dialect do and, within that vernacular, what does our dissent sound like? “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” is a look at the way language–both verbal and visual–has shaped The Bahamas and how we view ourselves. From the way we speak, to the way that we voice our discontent, to the way we envision ourselves as women and as part of the Black Diaspora, “Hard Mouth” is a call to the “biggity” and bold nature of Bahamians and a foray into how this archipelago, around the Tongue of the Ocean itself, finds its voice.

 
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diasporagasm curated by april bey

South Bay Contemporary Gallery in conjunction with Michael Stearns Studio 347 presents a co-located multi-media exhibition Diasporagasm. Diasporagasm is curated by Beyoncenista – artist April Bey’s alter ego – and acts as a performance bringing together melanated artists working in Los Angeles, Haiti, Ghana, the Caribbean and West Africa.

Drawing from the groundbreaking film Moonlight—a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, the curator appropriates, amends and recontextualizes the juxtaposition of art race and gender.

 
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If an entire population moves, is it still a nation?: the consequence of censoring self - dr. ian bethell-bennett

Thursday evening another art show will open, and life will continue as normal.  One thing is certain; some people will attend. Sam Shepard will be dead, still, and, for many, the message of his plays will be dead with him.

The opening of Jodi Minnis’ show “Home|Home” at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation will be a blip on the screen, but perhaps we need to think about it a little more.  What are we doing to ourselves and what are we learning?  As a population that has plunging literacy rates, sharply rising debt rates, who is running out of land because most of it will be claimed by sea water soon, where are we going? 

If an entire population moves is it still a nation? 

 
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In Dialogue... The Gaulin Wife - jeffrey meris

Sun kissed her chocolate skin. White garments. Water, intended for purification, drenched her. A galvanized steel tub, one similar to the kind a woman washes clothes or children in, mimicked an auction block advertising her mystique to voyeurs. Beneath her, grass sprawled. Vehicles buzzed by in the distance. History surrounded her body; sandwiched between the colonial—Villa Doyle—and the religious—St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

 
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Sexuality and Harassment: A Woman’s Perspective - kevante cash

What is sexuality? What are the means by which it can be defined within the Bahamian context? How does it intertwine with orientation? How is the bridge gapped between it and harassment? How does it exist within the realms of ownership? Who owns the Bahamian woman’s sexuality and body? – all of these questions and more were sought to be discussed by a panel of very different but dynamic women at this month’s Women’s Wednesdays initiative.