Multidisciplinary contemporary artist, writer and storyteller from Bermuda
Gherdai Hassell is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, writer and storyteller. Her work investigates memory and nostalgia to create unexpected narratives surrounding identity. She uses collage to thread and weave histories, and tales of transformation passed down through family lineages. Her work typically centers female bodies, simultaneously existing within realms of past, present, and future. Diasporic pasts become re-informed by Black futures, where the resulting present is experienced as a living “Artiffacts” and “Alibii”. Her work is an exploration of identity as an exploration of materials, and social practice. The work suggests that identity should be self-determined and understood, and contextualized through connection with others. Her multimedia work reimagines relationships with the body as avatar, social space and the invisible world.
Originally from Bermuda, she now lives and works between Manchester, UK and Hangzhou China. Her artwork is a part of public and private collections across the world and on permanent display in the Government Administration Building, Hamilton, Bermuda. She has consecutively showcased and auctioned her work in Tina Lawson’s Annual Wearable Art Gala, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions and biennials in Bermuda, USA and China. She is the host of The Art Affects Podcast, which celebrates and amplifies the voices of artists of the Caribbean Diaspora. Gherdai is currently an MFA candidate at the China Academy of Art.