Melissa Alcena (b.1988, Nassau) is a Bahamian portrait and documentary photographer based in Nassau, Bahamas. In 2012 she completed an Applied Photography course at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Alcena’s work focusses on shifting the paradise narrative of the Caribbean, by directly engaging with the people of The Bahamas in the everyday, and tapping into the humanity of its citizens. Her work has been featured The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (2017 & 2018), D’Agulair Art Foundation and The Central Bank of The Bahamas (2019) and most recently in a group exhibition ‘In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity’ for the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
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