A True & Exact History: A Reading
On Sunday, July 29th at 4pm, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas will host a reading of Sonia Farmer’s A True & Exact History. Presented as an artist book in “We Suffer to Remain,” the closing of this exhibition will reimagine this poem as a sound piece. Using eleven speakers to represent the eleven separate parishes of the island, their voices inhabit and exchange threads of these dispersed narratives, ultimately calling into question what it means to write “a true and exact history” of anything.
Sonia Farmer a Writer-in-Residence at The Current: Baha Mar Art Studios
This summer, Sonia will be part of the summer cycle of artists-in-residence at The Current: Baha Mar Art Studios. The Current, “a center for recognizing and supporting a strong creative community through captivating exhibitions, workshops and lectures, artist residencies and partnerships with local collectors” is located in the hotel development Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas. While there, Sonia will be working on a series of found text poems that explore the tourism industry in The Bahamas, as well as contributing to their rich programming offered to both hotel guests and local residents. The work she does this summer will be shown in a group exhibition this October with fellow resident artists Yasmin Glinton, Attila Fezst, John Paul, and Kendra Frorup.
Cycle of Abuse at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
Sonia’s piece Cycle of Abuse is on display as part of the exhibition “Hard Mouth: From the Tongue of the Ocean” on view June 22nd, 2018 through June 2nd, 2019, at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Curated by NAGB Assistant Curators Natalie Willis and Richardo Barrett, the exhibition delves into language — verbal, written, and visual — and how we go about shaping our narratives as a nation and as Caribbean subjects. Read more about the show here and the visit the NAGB website to find out more about their visiting hours. (Image: Khia Poitier, “Altars/Alters” (2014), digital media, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist.)
A True & Exact History at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
Sonia’s latest artist book, A True & Exact History, will be on display as part of “We Suffer to Remain”, an exhibition running March 22-July 29 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. In collaboration with the British Council, “We Suffer to Remain” features the evocative video installation “The Slave’s Lament” by Scottish artist, Graham Fagen in tandem with visual responses by Bahamian artists Sonia Farmer, Anina Major and John Beadle. Fagen’s “The Slaves Lament” was exhibited at Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and “We Suffer to Remain” premise focuses on the fact that artists in postcolonial spaces have strong and embryonic reactions that can influence and build on the advancement and celebration of de-colonial art practices.