Coolie Coolie Viens
Curated by Matthew Ryan Smith
November 8, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Artist talk held in partnership with the Department of Visual Arts, Art Now! Speakers Series:
Thursday, November 8 at 7 PM, Room 117 NCB
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 8-10 PM
Image: Andil Gosine, Vishnu?, 2017, inkjet photograph. Image courtesy of the artist.
In Coolie Coolie Viens, Andil Gosine presents an autoethnographic study of life after the end of indentureship. Indentureship is the colonial system of labour that brought Indians and other peoples from South Asia to the Caribbean, effectively replacing slave labour on plantations. Here, Gosine interrogates the legacy of indentureship and its social and political effects on Indo-Caribbean communities. He believes that indentureship has transformed the lives of its descendants through intergenerational trauma, impacting upon their most intimate experiences. Gosine uses these conditions and turns inward to scrutinize his personal history, often considering the differences between pleasure and violence in the places he has lived: a rural village in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Southern Ontario cities such as Oshawa and Toronto, the British beach town of Brighton, and the metropolitan centres of Paris and New York. Throughout this, Gosine suggests that his experience of the simultaneity of pleasure with violence is a direct aftermath of colonialism.
About the artist:
Andil Gosine grew up in rural Trinidad, and immigrated with his family to Oshawa, Ontario at age fourteen. Since adolescence, he has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, Britain, and France. Gosine received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University in 2002. Currently associate professor in Liberal Arts at York University, Gosine had established a career as a scholar of social justice before integrating this into his visual art practice. Through performance, textile, photography, video, and other visual media, Gosine draws from his personal history, particularly as a subject “in exile,” to explore imbrications of ecology, desire and power. His work resides in several public and private collections, and has been shown both in Canada and internationally.
Andil Gosine: Coolie Coolie Viens is organized by McIntosh Gallery in partnership with the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.
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