Exhibit  |  October 7, 2021
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In Traces and Pastimes, Ms. Hassell explores ancestry, cultural identity, memory and time through large scale digital collages and biodegradable flagging tape sculpture. Her work focuses on her own discovery of her family history which she can trace back to West Africa. 

Inspired by film storyboarding, she incorporates personal, family, and 19th century photographs, maps, documents, and archival materials to create narratives that explore identity and nostalgia and connections to family history and pastimes. 

“This installation is a trace of who, why, what and where we have been. Identity should be self-determined and understood and contextualized through connection with others. We are all interconnected. The present connects the future and the past. The stories we share, pass down and tell ourselves transform over time.”

– Gherdai Hassell

As part of NMB’s year-long community education programme Tracing Our Roots/ Routes (TORR),  Hassell’s installation takes the TORR programme to another level of community engagement. Surrounded by exhibits on slavery in Bermuda and Bermuda’s links with the West Indies and Azores, and displayed alongside Bermudian artist Bill Ming’s Family Circle, Traces and Pastimes provides an opportunity to learn about and reflect on Bermuda history, its connections to the wider Atlantic World and our own personal stories. 

The exhibition is currently on display in Commissioner’s House through to June 2022. Book a visit to the museum today. 



The Museum’s Tracing Our Roots/Routes (TORR) programme is free for all and includes online presentations, workshops, resources and Traces and Pastimes to help us better understand and connect with our collective past. Local and international experts provide participants with the tools and strategies to research and document personal, family stories. All TORR events were recorded and can be found at https://nmb.bm/learn/tracing-our-roots/ in addition to accompanying toolkits on how to research your family history.  



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