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David A. Bailey | Bahamas

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From bahamian origins, David A. Bailey, based in the UK, is interested in the questions of representativity and visibility of African or Afro-caribbean arts on the international stage and to the roles of diasporas in visual art from those regions.

In 2007, he received – for his services to art, the honorary distinction of being a MBE (Member of the British Empire). In 2009, he was recipient of a grant from Andy Warhol Foundation to investigate on Caribbean Art.

He was co-director of the AAVAA (African & Asian Visual Artists Archive) from 1996 to 2002, before being curator for Autograph in London, and founding the ICF (International Curators Forum). For the year 2010, he was supply director for the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas while its director Erica James went on a sabbatical year to get a postdoctoral specialization in USA. He is currently the director of ICF and member of the British Arts Council.

David A. Bailey was co-curator of the exhibitions Back to Black – Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary with Petrine Archer and Richard Powell at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (1995) and of Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance, still with Richard Powell at the Hayward Gallery in London (1997) that travelled to the Corcoran Museum of Washington. He also took part in the symposium « The Black Jacobins – Barbados/Martinique » (2011) during the Black Diaspora Festival.