Holly Bynoe is a curator, visual artist and writer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is currently living and working in Nassau, The Bahamas. Bynoe is the co-founder and director of ARC Magazine, the premiere visual art and culture publication focusing on contemporary work created throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is a graduate of Bard College | International Center of Photography where she earned an M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies (2010).
As editor and director of ARC Magazine, Bynoe and has organized and curated various exhibitions across the Caribbean and the diaspora in collaboration with several formal and informal art spaces including trinidad+tobago film festival, VOLTA NY, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and Transforming Spaces among others. She is co-director of Caribbean Linked, a regional residency program in Aruba, advisor to the Davidoff Art Initiative, and co-director of Tilting Axis, a biannual meeting charting arts activism and non-profit models of connectivity and sustainability across the region. She is currently conducting research on interdisciplinary practices across the Global Caribbean with a focus on New Media and photographic practices.
She has recently been appointed Chief Curator of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB).
Spanning the mediums of Photography, Writing and Video, my practice confronts through visual and textual juxtapositions the issues of identity, politics and place. I am interested in interrogating states of being; those residing between history and myth, between remembering and inevitable erasure. The narratives and fictions dispersed throughout the Anglophone Caribbean and its Diaspora, contains the sites I contemplate to address experience and belonging.
My collages identified as Compounds are constructed through a central device of layering and re-configuring. The weathering and deterioration of pixels reinforces the idea of an unreliable voice, highlighting the loss of a true narrative space. Tangled lineages and migrations are dissected to expose figures and faces that are distorted, collapsed and veiled. I examine maps, charts, and oceans to reconfigure their stories within my writing; I seek within structure and composition to consider the colonization of language and the implications of past and present passages. The sea is history and within that history there is only fiction.