The echoes of the European colonization that altered the face of the Caribbean still feel vivid. The natural Barbadian landscape was altered by intensive cultivation and development, and led to many of Barbados’ indigenous plants disappearing within the first few decades of colonization. Bulldozers are about to accomplish their mission of turning the luxuriant vegetation of the island into fancy resorts, expensive supermarkets on the street offer the same goods we would have found at home.
Like many places in this post-globalized world, the island’s landscape is continually transformed into a playground for visitors.
Instead of enhancing the island’s peculiarity and inner character, this ongoing transformation seems to pursue the creation of a generic sterile vision of the Caribbean: a somewhat exotic feeling that reassures Western people, an image that’s not too different 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