TROPICAL IS POLITICAL: CARIBBEAN ART UNDER THE VISITOR ECONOMY REGIME
Americas Society presents TROPICAL IS POLITICAL: CARIBBEAN ART UNDER DE VISITOR ECONOMY REGIME. The exhibition explores the ideas of natural and fiscal paradise, and the geographical coincidence of these concepts within the Caribbean region.
Through video, installation, painting and sculpture, Tropical is Political examines the impact of tourism and the “visitor economy” on the Caribbean’s art and cultural production. The exhibition disrupts the façade of the tropical as a paradise and instead show the political, cultural, and economic machinations which create those fantasies.
“Centered around three main focal points—the body, territory, and finance—the selection of works in this exhibition delves into the effects of tourism on Caribbean artists and their cultural production, and how the neocolonial relationship embodied by the tourism industry affects how Caribbean cultures are represented for visitors”, explains Curator Marina Reyes Franco.
Tropical is political features work by 19 contemporary artists from the Caribbean and surroundings, such as Allora & Calzadilla, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Gwladys Gambie, Abigail Hadeed Joiri Minaya, José Morbán, Dave Smithe, Yiyo Tirado, Oneika Russell, among others.