Artists Of The Bahamas, 2008, 91 min, Bahamas, USA
Directed by Karen Arthur and Thomas Newirth

ARTISTS OF THE BAHAMAS is a documentary feature film that explores the lives & works of the key visual artists whose talents contributed to the initial art movement in the Bahamas.

These artists work from their studios, homes & on site in various Family Island locations. They are acknowledged amongst their artistic peers & their names resound internationally: SIDNEY POITIER, AMOS FERGUSON, KENDAL HANNA, MAX TAYLOR, BRENT MALONE, EDDIE MINNIS, DAVE SMITH, STAN BURNSIDE, JACKSON BURNSIDE, ANTONIUS ROBERTS, JOHN BEADLE & JOHN COX.

The Documentary examines how history influenced the artists, some of who grew up under Colonialism & absorbed the idea that ‘local’ was a lesser form of culture. Many went on to express their pride in Bahamian culture through Junkanoo, a traditional Festival that they promoted as an art form, others created their art on historical sites honoring their African ancestry.

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