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Whose Land is it Anyways? opens February 23th from 18 pm till 21 pm in our showroom!

“One Happy Island” we were called but whose land is it anyway?

when the waves came we had nowhere to go

the fishermen who could escape took as many of us as they could carry on their boats

with not enough time to grab our belongings

we swayed on the sea

looking back at our island

the only thing left visible 

the top of the airport control tower

boldly gleaming in the sun 

warnings rained down, years before

on Savaneta

Salinja

Cultimara

Illidge road

Kerkweg and The Road 

but profit surpassed our safety, our leaders

stuffed their pockets and few of us

who spoke up, were met with ire

potholed roads while we drove to work 

our seas stinking of sewage

our streets littered with garbage

our caves that once held our ancestor’s marks, 

now turned into monuments for Western ignorance

Chris was here

Haidee was here

J.H. was here

(for only a 100 bucks our guide will take you to its deepest crevice, don’t forget to tip on your way out

our white sandy beaches turned into private property

plastic between our toes

condos swallowing the coast

all-inclusive hotels

boardwalks full of tourists

downtown is the new South Beach”

 

at night we drove around 

marvelling at lives of 

those who got to enjoy the paradise

Chris 

Haidee 

J.H. 

“One Happy Island” we were called 

but 

Whose land is it anyway?

WHOSE LAND IS IT ANYWAY? 

Deals with themes of self-sufficiency, sustainability, de-colonialism and tourism and the intersectionalities between them. Together with young artists from Aruba and Curacao, and the public, the exhibition investigates different means for becoming less dependent on tourism,and searches for other sources of self-sufficiency that can contribute to the future of the ABC-SSS islands. 

Date exposition  23-02-2024/21-04-2024
by: Caithlin Courtney Chong

with:
Quiana Cronie
Nigel Maduro
Goldiie
Natisha Engel (graphic designer) 

events: Book Club

Caithlin (1997, Curaçao) is an artist, curator and cultural organiser. She moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to pursue a bachelor’s diploma in Fashion Design, but ultimately changed course to Fine Arts. She graduated in 2022 and since then has been searching for a connection between her two homes. This exhibition is a thread that she aims to weave into her broader work through collaboration with Caribbean artists– by envisioning a community-based future outside of this hyper-capitalistic/individualistic life, to connect with her fellow Carribbeans, and to look for answers together to the questions of our history that can teach us about our future.

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