July issue of Barbados Visual Arts Magazine. Art & Photography in Barbados. Free and downloadable to view at your leisure.
Featuring the Barbados Photographic Society field trip to Hunte’s Gardens.
Blogs of Nyugen Smith & Letitia Pratt Art Residency at Fresh Milk June 2017. While in Barbados, Nyugen worked on a project which contributes to a multi-part installation titled Lavway. (“Lavway” is Trinidadian patois for “le vrai,”or “the truth” in French, and is the name of a form of calypso that reports the truth as seen by the singer or composer.) Lavway examines the education system in the Caribbean from late nineteenth century to present day with a focus on systematic omission of histories and contributions of people from the African diaspora. His Fresh Milk residency was spent in part on research and collecting relevant objects, recordings, and texts in relation to this.
Letitia used the residency to work on an individual poetic project, Melody of a Lost Woman. This series of twelve narrative poems focused specifically on Bahamian womanhood and the effects of the patriarchy on the feminine existence within the Bahamas. The piece draws strongly on Moya Bailey’s concept of misogynoir, which refers to the violence that black women endure by the hands of black men. Her work and research in Barbados will question the ways Bahamian misogynoir differs from other patriarchal incarnations, and explore commonalities through Caribbean history and folklore to consider these experiences across the African diaspora.