Art and Film: “Amos Ferguson—Match Me if You Can”

Repeating Islands

One of the films that premiered at the T&T Film Festival was the 2011 documentary Amos Ferguson: Match Me if You Can, directed by Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth. After watching the directors’ wonderfully-crafted Artists of the Bahamas, I highly recommend this documentary.

This film pays tribute to the renowned Bahamian intuitive artist Amos Ferguson, known for his paintings of island ritual, flora and fauna, and biblical scenes. The film documents his life from the 1930s to his international “discovery” in the 1980s, right up to his death. This documentary won the First Look Best Feature Award from the Bahamas International Film Festival which took place in Nassau in December 2011.

Description: Amos Ferguson, Match Me if You Can pays tribute to this highly spiritual Bahamian intuitive artist. The documentary explores the life and work of the “Picasso of Bahamian Art,” from his meager beginnings in The…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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