To mark the closing night of ‘Whayasayin’, Unchained on the Rock will present ‘BEYOND SEASCAPES: Black Art in Bermuda’ on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:45pm. 

Bermudian storytellers Ajala Omodele and Liana Nanang will show how Black artists of all disciplines have subverted and challenged expectations of what acceptable art in Bermuda should be. 

They will explain the origins, inspiration, and purpose of Black art in pre-colonial Africa and how the major shift in the trajectory of Black art was triggered by the Ma’afa (Kiswahili: “Great Disaster”).  From this vantage point, they will examine the work of artists such as Chesley Trott, Bill Ming, Gherdai Hassell, Norman Lewis and many others as well as explore photographic, musical and literary art including the Gombeys and Calypso music.

An engaging and interactive evening is on offer with our speakers presenting researched history, personal anecdotes, video and musical clips, poetry reading and thoughtful analysis and critique. In this departure from your average art talk, expect to leave the event feeling empowered, educated and entertained.

Doors open at 5:15pm to view the show with the talk starting at 5:45 pm

Unchained on the Rock are donating this presentation to the gallery. A donation toward the gallery of $50 per person is suggested based on standard ticket prices for their talk, however, you may make a donation of any amount from $5 upwards. The event is free to the exhibiting artists.

Beyond Seascapes: Black Art in Bermuda

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