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2022 Bermuda Biennial (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The Bermuda National Gallery’s 2022 Bermuda Biennial opened recently to a crowd of more than 200 people — and comes with a twist as poetry is being included for the first time.

Peter Lapsley, the executive director of the gallery, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, said: “The exhibition is very strong and we have some familiar faces in artists such as Charles Zuill and Jonah Jones, but also some artists new to BNG such as Sabriyya Harvey and Jahbarri Wilson.

“There is a tremendous range of work, and with the inclusion of poetry this year it has a depth of artistic exploration that epitomises what the biennial is all about.”

2022 Bermuda Biennial: The Veneration of Mami Wata (aka Mother Water), Judith Aidoo-Saltus (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Mr Lapsley said there are also two public works, one by Jacqueline Alma and the other by Antoine Hunt.

He said: “Jacqueline’s work is currently installed on the east lawn of City Hall & Arts Centre and Antoine’s artwork will begin installation soon.”

The biennial’s theme, A New Vocabulary: Past. Present. Future., asked artists to reflect on the past two years and to imagine what the future might hold.

More than 100 submissions were received and 32 visual artists were chosen to participate, alongside 11 poets.

2022 Bermuda Biennial (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
2022 Bermuda Biennial: by Meredith Andrews (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
2022 Bermuda Biennial: Plan of Proposed Past and Present Developments Illustrating General Consideration on Architecture While also Including Assorted Aesthetic Elements. By Kevin Morris (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
2022 Bermuda Biennial: Time Warp, Seth de Roulet (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
2022 Bermuda Biennial: Phoenix, Corrina Rego (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published June 17, 2022 at 7:51 am (Updated June 17, 2022 at 7:41 am)

National Gallery celebrates 30th anniversary as biennial opens

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