• Ecologies Entrelacées

Sugar's Traces

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

How two women artists use sugar, water, and other elements to shed light on environmental justice in the Caribbean

In this virtual panel, Dr. Myriam Chancy (novelist and professor) and Andrea Chung (visual artist) speak to how they use sugar, water, and other elements in their work to shed light on larger environmental issues in Haiti and Jamaica in the Caribbean, as well as Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. This virtual convening was hosted on November 19, 2020.

Mentioned links and resources:

  • Dr. Myriam Chancy’s website where she has the organizations in Haiti that she mentioned and information about her forthcoming novel What Storm, What Thunder (HarperCollins Canada and Tin House USA) which will be available in September 2021: http://myriamchancy.com/

  • Andrea Chung’s artist website where you can see/learn more about her work: www.andreachungart.com + her instagram @andreachungstudio

  • Life and Debt documentary that Andrea Chung mentions on the role of the IMF in the banana industry in Jamaica that has influenced her work: http://lifeanddebt.org/

  • The Uses of Haiti (1994) - Paul Farmer, an accessible book that Myriam mentions that describes the history of Haiti and how Haiti "has been positioned in a way to diminish how people of African descent in this hemisphere can be actors in their own lives" (with a clause that this is a different version of Paul Farmer than the one we have today): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10234.The_Uses_of_Haiti

  • Haitian People's Expectations Regarding Post-Disaster Humanitarian Aid Teams' Actions (2017) - This article was shared in the chat during the talk: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/dewb.12158


  • What is something that resonated with you, you found interesting or that you connected with in these presentations?

  • How do Dr. Myriam Chancy and Andrea Chung's processes shed light on gender and environmental justice issues in the Caribbean?

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