Through three short meditations that range from border crossing between the United States and Canada to a Beyoncé song, the author considers responses from Kedon Willis, Rajiv Mohabir, and Michelle V. Rowley to his 2021 book Nature’s Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean. The essay revisits and further advances the central thesis of Nature’s Wild, which recalls the work and multiple legacies of racialized animalization during and after European colonization of the Caribbean, and weighs the possibilities of embracing animality.
Animal History; Animal Future?
Andil Gosine is professor of environmental arts and justice at York University, Toronto, and curator of the New York–based exhibitions everything slackens in a wreck (the Ford Foundation, 2022), Kelly Sinnapah Mary (Aicon Gallery, upcoming 2023), and The Plural of He (Leslie-Lohman Museum, upcoming 2024). The exhibition Nature’s Wild, based on his book of the same name, is scheduled to open at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, in June 2025.
Andil Gosine; Animal History; Animal Future?. Small Axe 1 July 2023; 27 (2 (71)): 187–200. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-10795391
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