September 27th – November 8th, 2014
Queens of the Dancehall, Vodou dancers, gun-wielding teens, and hysterical Disney characters populate shantytowns. These images play on the exotification of Caribbean street life. However, Francesco Giusti is careful to counter these preconceptions with human moments of community and pride–scenes of children at play, couples embracing, lush utopian tropics, and brothers in camaraderie.
His photographs are as much about markers of identity–attitudes, accessories, or icons–as examining the complex and contentious cultural history between center and margin.
Caribbean is a selection of works in an ongoing project that documents post-colonial subcultures, trauma, and spirituality in Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba in the 2000s.