Kishan Munroe is an artist adrift
Kishan Munroe’s “Drifter in Residence” – an oceanographic expedition – was no ordinary experience during its launch event at an intimate gathering overlooking Nassau Harbour at Never Say Never Again Bar and Grill.
Bristol Wines and Spirits and Lindeman’s Wines partnered in the recent launch as they watched the arrival of the R/V Diaspora which was escorted convoy-style into the harbor by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas and the New Providence Port Authority.
Munroe, an interdisciplinary artist, built the R/V Diaspora – a 20-foot raft constructed mostly of re-purposed and reclaimed materials, some commonly associated with vessels crafted by seafaring migrants and refugees, according to Munroe.
Munroe plans to set adrift alone into the Atlantic Ocean on the self-constructed raft.
“There he will remain resident aboard his creation for several weeks, engaged in an unorthodox artist research residency. This introspective/retrospective pilgrimage marks a 10-year milestone in Munroe’s professional artistic journey, actively engaged in extensive anthropological investigations through cultural immersion. In this phase, the artist literally plunges into the foreign world of the ocean, seeking to tap into the narratives, realities and histories of man’s precarious relationship with the sea and his never-ending quest for “home”.
Gricelle Richmond, Bristol brand manager, said the company was honored to support Munroe, whose life experiences and documentary work was impressive, and that they were happy to celebrate his hard work, imagination and new adventure.
“It’s the type of gathering that Lindeman’s Wines likes to support,” said Richmond.