Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, 08/01/21 - 08/01/21

Exhibition: Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold; A Postcolonial Paradox

This group exhibition looks at the legacy of European colonialism in the Caribbean through the work of 10 contemporary artists. Whether connected to the Caribbean by birth or focused on the region by choice, the exhibiting artists use their work as a means of examining the relationship between the power structure, those who are controlled by it, those who benefit from it, and those who actively seek to liberate themselves from it. Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly.

The exhibition title is inspired by some of the core products that have historically been produced in, and exported from the Caribbean to the rest of the world – with a focus on Europe. Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold remain highly valuable commodities and commercially important goods. However, because of their ubiquity, and the passage of time, these items have lost much of their historical gravity and visibility as key drivers of European colonialism. Featuring artists Firelei Báez, Leonardo Benzant, Andrea Chung, Lavar Munroe, Angel Otero, Phillip Thomas, Lucia Hierro, Adler Guerrier, Ebony G. Patterson, and Didier William.

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