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Bermuda, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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Published: June 18. 2010 06:27AM

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'Greater heights of artistic exploration' By René Hill Work by 20 artists goes on show tonight for the ninth Bacardi Limited Biennial of Contemporary Bermuda Art. The exhibition, at the Bermuda National Gallery (BNG), was juried by international guests Veerle Poupeye, Bryan Ritchie's Bar Intentions, Deceptive Touch and Truth Seeker were some of the executive director of the National works accepted by the international jurors Gallery of Jamaica, and Tumelo for this Bacardi Limited Biennial of Mosaka, curator of contemporary C ontemporary Bermuda Art, which opens art, Krannert Art Museum, University this evening. of Illinois. The exhibition 42 pieces of diverse art from Meredith Andrews, John Battersbee, Louisa Bermingham Flannery, William Collieson, James Cooper, Graham C. Foster, John A. Gardner, Charlie Godet Thomas, N. C hristina Hutchings Lost, Found & Whistle and Bermuda Map can be viewed in Kathy Harriott, Scott Hill, Antoine A. the Bacardi Limited Biennial of R. Hunt, N. Christina Hutchings, C ontemporary Bermuda Art, which opens Sunell Lombard, Ian Macdonald- this evening. Smith, Bill Ming, Kevin Morris, Bryan Ritchie, Alan C. Smith, Michael Walsh and Charles Zuill.

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BNG curator Sophie Cressall said: "The jurors engaged in a highly critical, deeply reflective process of art review. They were committed to Photographer James C ooper prefers to use

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The Royal Gazette y examining the submitted art through readily available everyday objects to create his sculptures. His work can be the international lenses within which viewed in the Bacardi Limited Biennial of they work, and this has led to a C ontemporary Bermuda Art, which opens very tight, cohesive exhibition, this evening. which has strong international credibility." International jurors Veerle Poupeye and Tumelo Mosaka stated: "The selection process for the 2010 Bermuda Biennal presented difficult challenges for us that seemed inherent to its location and the history. "In making our selections, we felt compelled to move beyond the already ascribed visual vocabulary that reflects figuratively on the Bermudian landscape, the all-toocomfortable 'island aesthetic' that can be seen in many of the local

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can be seen in many of the local galleries and is well supported by the local art market and cultural tourism.

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"We are not disputing the legitimacy of such work in the Bermudian context and recognise that much of it is highly accomplished in its own right, especially from a technical point of view. The exhibition we have selected, therefore, does not seek to provide a broad survey of the contemporary art scene in Bermuda. Had we done so, we would have produced a biennial, which Michael Walsh says 'Art is the opportunity replicated much of the 2008 edition to create reason'. His pieces can be viewed and unproductively encouraged in the Bacardi Limited Biennial of C ontemporary Bermuda Art, which opens stagnation. this evening.

"Instead, we have focused on work that departs from the safe, fixed positions we detected in much of what was submitted and charts more open-ended, critical trajectories, in keeping with what we believe should be the exploratory, developmental thrust of this biennial. This was the main criterion we used in our selection process." Bacardi managing director, Michael Brennan said: "The Biennial Exhibition, one of the most dynamic events on the art calendar, inspires Bermuda's contemporary artists to strive beyond their normal comfort zones to greater heights of artistic exploration. Especially in these difficult times, we need creative and talented artists to imagine a better future, and to enhance the lives of all of us living in Bermuda. We need to celebrate this spirit for life – this vigour of heart, mind, and soul to reach beyond limits, wherever it is found." Exhibition supporter and Premier Ewart Brown, added: "It has been said that art shouldn't merely comfort or entertain us – it should also challenge us. "I hope this exhibit leaves you thinking about your place in our shrinking world. It is my sincerest hope that this year's Biennial will help each of us to appreciate the creativity, diversity and strength of our people. I encourage everyone in Bermuda to come and see the Biennial to be inspired and challenged." The BNG's mission is to promote, benefit, and advance the visual arts in Bermuda. BNG director Lisa Howie stated: "Looking across the eight previous Biennials, we can see how the exhibition has evolved, and how this current exhibition makes a strong statement about contemporary art

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The Royal Gazette in Bermuda. "All of the artists who submitted must be commended, as submitting to an international jury takes some courage. "I trust that all the artists will embrace the jury's selection, and that this Biennial will help to locate Bermuda's artistic talent on the map." The exhibition remains up until November 26.

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