October 2020 - November 2020
Sugar production in the Francophone Caribbean is inextricably linked to a violent history of colonization and slavery, and consequently, ecology and landscape. While sugar is an essential export, as well as an ingredient to the rum or sugar cane that one enjoys in the Caribbean islands, the cost of human life and dignity for this colonial wealth and power has been high.
Through their work, Caribbean women artists of different mediums express the relationship between structures of power surrounding sugar production and consumption, and the ways in which this implicates ecology and gender in the Caribbean. In the artistic space more generally, what attention is paid to issues of environment and gender, specifically when it comes to colonial industries such as sugar? What is the process of reinterpretation and reimagination like when creating novels, films, or visual art? In what ways has this type of art been met with resistance and how have women artists pushed past this? What role do Caribbean women artists play in current environmental and climate movements?