How do we understand the Caribbean and the traces of complex histories that remain?
María Magdalena Campos-Pons combines Yoruba spears, Chinese and African stools, and discs of sugar in varying stages of refinement to create a field of spears, calling back to sugar cane plantations that relied on the labor of enslaved people of African descent and later Chinese indentured servants in Cuba. The different tones of the sugar refer to the stratified racial categorizations that demarcate Cuban society.
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María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sugar/Bittersweet, 2010. Installation view, Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2023–24. Photo by Mel Taing.