In case you missed the conversation live, join us for a thought-provoking discussion between the artist Cydne Jasmin Coleby and curator, Natalie Willis. Their talk focusses on Coleby’s artistic process and the motivations behind her recent solo exhibition, Queen Mudda. Watch as artist and curator home in on the local Bahamian cultural elements that inspired Coleby’s highly personal artworks. In particular, Willis and Coleby discuss the specific importance of the women in the artist’s family and how they have impacted the scope of her practice.
“Coleby’s act of heightening the visibility of her family – often dressed in their best, poised, elegant, radiant images of the ideal of the feminine -is partial protest to the historic exclusion of Black women in classic portraiture. It also contains the rebellion-roots of Junkanoo, a culturally significant street celebration with elaborate costumes constructed of cardboard, crepe paper, and feathers that has its origins in the subversive protest of enslaved Africans.” – Natalie Willis, Curator of Queen Mudda.