Gallery 4
The Camouflage Act
Torika Bolatagici

In Barbadian law The Camouflage Act forbids civilians wearing any camouflage clothing. The law, which is enforced by the police, reflects broader notions of the visibility and invisibility of power in Barbados. Considered to be the first British plantation experiment, Barbados’ rich and complex history is a mix of colonialism, African slavery, Anglo indentured servitude and the myth of an ‘absent’ indigenous population. In Barbados, the flora and fauna are predominantly explanted, with only one gully on the island containing indigenous plant life. This new body of work explores the politics of space, displacement, identity and belonging in Barbados where the traces of empire are palpable.

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