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Exhibition | Barbuda and its Barbudans: An Ode to Home

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035
FREE
Barbuda and its Barbudans: An Ode to Home

Last year, Hurricane Irma descended on Barbuda, leaving its entire surface in a wet, ravaged heap. The island had never experienced a hurricane of this magnitude, and no one was prepared for the devastation and feelings of hopelessness that followed. Entire homes have disappeared, as though they never existed. The island was evacuated, and the fate of Barbuda has yet to be determined.

A year later, Barbuda is still struggling to get back on its feet. After the initial evacuation, Barbudans were impatient to go back to their land, attempt to salvage what was left of their lives and work towards finding a new normal. This pride and determination truly speak not just to the people of Barbuda, but to the inhabitants of the Caribbean.

Artist Nichole Burton-Fleming, a photographer from Antigua and Barbuda, exhibits pre and post-hurricane Irma photography to keep awareness on the devastation that happened in Barbuda and other Islands. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 20, 2018.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a festive reception featuring hors-d'oeuvres and musical entertainment.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of The Tourist Board of Antigua and Barbuda and the Consulate of Barbuda.


Exhibition Related Programming:

September 20, 218 | Opening Reception (6pm - 8pm) | Rsvp Here  (Free) 

October 4, 2018 | Artists Talk (6pm - 8pm) | Rsvp Here  (Free) 

October 18, 2018 | Art Auction (6pm - 8pm)  | Rsvp Here (Free) 


Artist Statement:

My intent is to highlight post-hurricane island life while still capturing what inherently represents Barbuda as a nation. There is a feeling of solitude and of dejection. I can sometimes hear the hopelessness in my own mother’s voice. It is apparent on the weathered faces of old men reclining on wooden benches in the late afternoon shade. People are tired and progress is slow, but this is home. Barbuda is home. There is determination. There is a necessity. Amongst the efforts to put things back together there is still joy. Laughter spills out of open car windows and dominos slam on wooden tables. That is a celebration of life, an ode to humanness, a thank you, a continuous weathering of the storm. I am just the messenger.

Meet the Artist

Nichole Burton-Fleming is an artist and photographer from Antigua and Barbuda, where she grew up splitting time between both islands. The Caribbean’s rich colors, foliage, culture, and people have all been a primary source of inspiration in every facet of her creativity. As she develops a style in her art, home -and the feeling of being an islander living in a city-play an important role in the way she perceives the natural progression of daily island life. Barbuda remains a pivotal space for exploration, inspiration and a continuous understanding of her heritage. It is important for others to see it as it is, and for her to capture that feeling in all of its authenticity, hardships, and the powerful ease with which its people are attempting to come back together.


This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of The Tourist Board of Antigua and Barbuda and the Consulate of Barbuda.

BARBUDA AND ITS BARBUDANS

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