July 12, 2022
“I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE” A talk with Gherdai Hassell
11 March 2021
The Bermuda National Gallery
In 2019, Gherdai Hassell uncovered a family tree which traced her lineage back eight generations from Bermuda via St Kitts to Africa, where her
ancestor was captured and enslaved.
Driven by an exploration of her own heritage, Hassell examines the lasting impacts of slavery: re-imagining the identities of enslaved Bermudians in a
series of striking portraits, texts, and installation inspired by the Bermuda Slave Registers and historic photographs.