New Exhibitions

Opening March 2021

The Bermuda National Gallery is pleased to present I Am Because You Are, the first solo show by emerging Bermudian artist Gherdai Hassell, which opens in March 2021.

Driven by an exploration of her own ancestral heritage,  the former Biennial artist examines the lasting impacts of slavery; re-imagining the identities of enslaved Bermudians in a series of striking portraits, installation and text inspired by historic photographs discovered in the Bermuda Archives.

The multi-media exhibition merges photographic installation with portraiture in a meditation on time and the search for connection. Fusing past, present and future, I Am Because You Are reclaims a shared history by re-imaging lost identities and giving a voice to those who didn’t have one.  

Gherdai Hassell I Am Because You Are Bermuda National Gallery
Atlas of After Image by Gherdai Hassell, 2020. 
Acrylic, oil and collage on canvas. 24 x 30 in. Collection of the artist.  

Part of the Bermuda National Gallery’s multi-year series exploring our place, our people, our stories and our future, Illusion and Abstraction: Capturing the Landscape  celebrates  the  rediscovery of the local landscape during  the coronavirus pandemic.

Opening in March 2021, the exhibition, curated by BNG trustee Mitchell Klink, looks at the ways in which artists have both faithfully translated and refracted Bermuda’s landscape.

Examining our relationship with the natural world through three distinct lenses: realism, depth and space; atmosphere, colour and light; shape, form and line, Illusion and Abstraction affords us an opportunity to consider other perspectives, and maybe even see the world anew ourselves.  

Vorhees Bermuda National Gallery
Bermuda Landscape 1919 by Clark Greenwood Voorhees. Oil on board. 9 x 11. Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Gift of Mrs Ormond Cox Zuill. 

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