ANDIL GOSINE: ALL THE FLOWERS
Robert McLaughlin Gallery
44 pp col. ill. 9 x 6 in softcover
$12.00 Can. $15.00 U.S.
This first monograph documents Addil Gosine’s autobiographical and multidisciplinary exhibition wherein he explores the prelude and enduring aftermath of his family’s move from Trinidad to Canada when he was a boy. The unifying icon in the exhibition is the Ixora. This delicate flower, which blooms throughout Trinidad, is in fact indigenous to India and parts of Asia. Gosine’s ancestors, indentured labourers who came from India to Trinidad between the mid-19th and early 20th century after the abolishment of slavery, brought the flower with them to the Caribbean island, where it proliferated. Gosine in turn brings the Ixora to Canada as an offering to the people and experiences which shaped him.
Andil Gosine’s research, writing, and arts practices consider the imbrications of ecology, desire, and power. His work has been performed or exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art, Fashion Institute of Technology, Jamaica Performing Arts Centre, and Queens Museum (USA) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. As Associate Professor in Artistic and Cultural Practices at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University (Toronto), he has published in scholarly journals, such as Topia Journal of Cultural Studies, Alternatives, South Asian Studies, Sexualities, and Caribbean Review of Gender Studies.