Nassau, Bahamas

This series explores notions of resort culture and being a Black tourist in a predominantly Black city. For the first time in a long time, I felt a sense of ease and belonging for two reasons: (1) because of the abundance of Black people and (2) the lingering familiarity of British Colonialism. Monuments around Downtown Nassau highlight both a reverence for the Queen and a desire for independence and rebellion. Despite the amount of Black bodies occupying the numerous hotels as staff on the island, the majority of those spaces and subsequently its revenue belonged to foreign nations, mostly in Europe. A cycle of wealth leaving a nation to line its former “colonial father’s” pockets creating a new system of dependency in the tourism industry. Culture then becomes a commodity for tourists to buy piece-meal in the form of trinkets and under the guise of authenticity. Among her photographs are a selection of new buildings under construction - an image which signifies the promise of advancement but begs the viewer to question at whose benefit

35mm, Canon AE-1

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