Exhibition Dates: November 8, 2018 to January 12, 2019 Art Now! Presents: Andil Gosine: Thursday, November 8th at 7 PM
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8th at 8 PM
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.
Andil Gosine: Coolie Coolie Viens is curated by Matthew Ryan Smith and organized by McIntosh Gallery in partnership with the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.