With the participation of Ewan Atkinson, Bart Sims and Melanie Springer.
This installation centres on Turner’s Hall Woods, Barbados, which has the island’s only remaining pre-colonial vegetation. Its small area (50 acres / 0.2 km²) underscores the island’s colonial history of violence towards people (slavery) and land (razing the island for sugar cane plantations). Images of the woods complicate the stereotypical notion of Caribbean beach paradise. In This Place engages with storytelling as a tool for agency as Barbadians negotiate their everyday between the weight of history and the powerful discourse of tourism.
Alexandra Majerus is a multidisciplinary lens-based artist. With a half-Caribbean background and repeated migrations between Barbados and Canada, her work explores the culture and history of Caribbean countries and their diasporas within their frameworks of colonialism and forms of neo-colonialism, in particular tourism. Majerus is interested in the dynamics of agency and identity that lie between the constructed perception of Paradise and lived experience. She has an MFA from OCAD University and a BFA from York University.
Supported by a Visual Artists Creation Project grant.