Artist Projects

The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men


Catherine Lord

The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men is “a skewed and illustrated encyclopedia of the Caribbean island of Dominica.” Working with a book designer, and conducting research that draws material from a wide range of archival sources as well as from the artist’s family history, Lord creates a work that functions as both a museum and a memoir. The book takes an unconventional approach to understanding Caribbean history and culture through an investigation of its flora, fauna, cooking, and “bad art objects” made by its European colonizers. By gathering source materials from whites who have left the Caribbean for Western countries worldwide, The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men attempts to broaden the dialogue on issues of colonialism, race, and cultural property.