The echoes of the European colonization that altered the face of the island forever are still vivid. The natural Barbadian landscape was altered by intensive cultivation and development, which led to many of Barbados’ indigenous plants disappearing within the first few decades of colonisation. Bulldozers are about to accomplish their mission of turning the luxuriant vegetation of the island in fancy resorts. Expensive supermarkets on the street offer the same goods we would have found at home.
Likewise many places in this post-globalisation world, the island’s altering landscape is now continually transformed into a playground for visitors.
Instead of following the idea of enhancing the island’s peculiarity and its inner character, this whole ongoing transformation seems to pursue the creation of a generic sterile vision of the Caribbean: a somewhat exotic feeling that could reassure western people, not too far from an advert.
“Mass tourism is a plague.” While this thought crosses my mind an ironic question arises: Am I part of this too? Is there any difference between us seeking wilderness and the rich western people coming and taking this land as their golden playground?
Pictures. Primoz Zorko
Artwork. Ángela Palacios
Words. Albert Folch with Vincenzo Angileri
Presented by Eldorado
Produced by Republicana de Cine
Executive Producers. Guille Cascante, Albert Folch, Rafa Martínez
Editor in chief. Vincenzo Angileri
Filmed by Fran Torres
Editor. Arturo Bastón
Music. from Antarctica by Windy & Carl