Gherdai Hassell Featured In Havana Biennial

April 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Artist Gherdai Hassell is the first Bermudian to be featured in the Bienal de La Habana exhibition, with the artist saying she is “thrilled to have my installation ‘What Remains to be Seen’ travel across seas to be displayed within the context of another country, culture and language.”

A spokesperson said, “Black Pony Gallery announces that visual artist Gherdai Hassell adds another feather to her cap. Hassell is the first Bermudian to be featured in the Bienal de La Habana exhibition, presented at The Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, located in the heart of old Havana.

“The 14th iteration of this biennial exhibition includes three stages of presentations under the thematic idea of Future and Contemporaneity, and Hassell’s work is included in Experience #3: A Return to What Lies Ahead, running to April 30, 2022.

Gherdai Hassell with her installation at the Bienal de La Habana

Gherdai Hassell Bermuda April 4 2022

Artist Gherdai Hassell says: “I am thrilled to have my installation ‘What Remains to be Seen’ travel across seas to be displayed within the context of another country, culture and language. [This installation] is the story of those who journeyed though the middle passage to the west, settling throughout the Caribbean and Americas.

“A story of ancestry, survival, and triumphs for the defendants of all Afro, Black and Brown people of the region. I’m honored to be returning to Caribbean soil in Havana, Cuba, to retell the story of our people, reimagined.”

A spokesperson added, “Many will recall that ‘What Remains to be Seen’ was presented at Bermuda National Gallery. Inclusion in this biennial is an important milestone for Hassell and also the contemporary art movement in Bermuda. Biennial exhibitions, such as this one, draw global attention from museum professionals, curators and collectors.”

Black Pony Gallery Founding Director, Lisa Howie says: “This moment of success for Gherdai marks the pinnacle of our working relationship as she has decided to develop her creative journey independently. I wish her every success!”

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