Tamika Galanis: The Archive is Now
Tamika Galanis is a documentarian and multimedia visual artist. A Bahamian native, Galanis’s work examines the complexities of living in a place shrouded in tourism’s ideal during the age of climate concerns. Emphasizing the importance of Bahamian cultural identity for cultural preservation, Galanis documents aspects of Bahamian life not curated for tourist consumption to intervene in the historical archive. This work counters the widely held paradisiacal view of the Caribbean, the origins of which arose post-emancipation through a controlled, systematic visual framing, and commodification of the tropics.
Galanis’s photography-based-practice includes traditional documentary work and new media abstractions of written, oral, and archival histories.
Galanis’s work has been exhibited in the Bahamas, United States, Europe, Taiwan, and throughout the Caribbean with film screenings including the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, The Bahamas International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BlackStar Film Festival, and the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival.
Galanis earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. She was awarded the inaugural Post-MFA Fellowship in the Documentary Arts by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Galanis then completed a residency at John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress where she was awarded the Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship for the study of the Alan Lomax Collection. As the Lovelace-Lomax Fellow, Galanis repatriated the Lomax Bahamian materials to their communities of origin.