Elect Ya Tings was an interactive installation by Sonia Farmer examining gender inequality in The Bahamas. The project overall sought to draw attention to the existing damaging narratives of gender politics in The Bahamas, driven by male powers in political and religious institutions. It received an honorable mention at the 32nd Annual Art Competition & Exhibition at the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

Inside of a makeshift polling station bordering on confessional and filled with stark prints and slogans, participants voted upon four constitutional amendment bills that would shift gender equality in The Bahamas. These bills reflected the wording to be used in the actual referendum that the Bahamian public has been promised, but which the Government has not yet held. They seek to grant equal citizenship rights in matters of marriage and children.

When participants cast their votes, the sheet would be shredded, and they would receive an “I voted!” pin. At the end of the evening, the shreds were removed from the voting box and remained on the floor of the polling station until the end of the exhibition.

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