Meredith Andrews exhibit shows home is where the hearts are
A new photography exhibit at the National Museum of Bermuda will showcase the unique relationships between family members and the homes where they grew up.
Homestead, by Meredith Andrews, features photographs of ten multi-generational Bermudian families in front of their homes and interviews with the families to accompany them.
The exhibit will be a part of the NMB’s Bermuda Family Scrapbook project, which aims to create a “national scrapbook” of those whose families grew up on the island.
John Woolridge, one of the family members featured in the exhibit, said: “A home is not just a place, it's the people that you love, treasure and live with.”
He added: “One of my favourite memories is Good Friday when the family would get together and we'd make kites out of fennel sticks and paper bags, and we'd eat loquats like it's going out of style.
“And we'd play marbles – everyone in the family – and they break out the bungies.
“And it was just an amazing family time of being around the house with the people that make your house a home.”
The exhibit opened on Wednesday and saw Rena Lalgie, the Governor, and Owen Darrell, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, in attendance.
Ms Andrews said homes were “power symbols” the underlined the importance of family life and shared memories.
She added that putting the project together was “a great privilege”, adding that families were very open with both their hospitality and sharing their stories.
“After two years of relative isolation, it was very striking how open and generous these ten families were with their time and homes,” she said.
“From a codfish breakfast to a glass of white wine, from the West End to St David’s, by allowing my camera and me into their homes these 10 families paint a larger picture of contemporary family life in Bermuda.
“I’d like to thank the families, the NMB team, Dion Easton for capturing the exhibit audio recordings, Frameworks, and Loris Toppin from Colourlab, who all made this project possible.”
Elena Strong, the executive director of NMB, said: “At NMB, we want learning Bermuda history to be part of every educational journey on Island and for everyone to connect to a more diverse and inclusive Bermuda history.
“We also aim to be a space to explore our cultural identity and what it means for over 60,000 people to live on an isolated Atlantic island.
“With our programmes and work, we want to help establish a sense of place and belonging for everyone who lives in Bermuda.
“Thank you to the families in Homestead, Meredith Andrews, and The Future of History Campaign donors who helped make this exhibit possible.”
Recordings can be accessed through viewers’ smartphones while going through the exhibit. Transcriptions are also available for those who do not have smartphones.