Caribbean Art Under the Shadow of Tourism

By Marina Reyes Franco

The curator of a new exhibition highlights artists’ response to an economic regime geared to serve visitors first.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on millennials in politics In all their diversity, it is the colonial legacy of the occupation of European empires and the contemporary yoke of transnational capital that bind the islands of the Caribbean together. For an observant resident or visitor to the Caribbean, the link between the plantation and tourist economies is evident, whether measured by the economic impact of the industries, the resignification of spaces from one era to the next or the importance each has played in the creation of stereotypes for the...

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