Video

Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier

Richard Fung

2005, 47:38 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 183.11

Uncomfortable is a journey thorough the work and ideas of Trinidad-based artist and cultural critic Christopher Cozier, one of the leading contemporary artists in the Caribbean. The tape presents Cozier’s witty and incisive drawings, installations and video works in the context of post-independence Trinidad with its oil-rich economy, complicated ethnic politics, and vibrant cultural forms. Treated in this video are the failure of McDonald’s to take root in Trinidad (while other fast food chains flourish); the systemic difficulties of a Third World artist to circulate internationally; an art market that validates only pretty pictures of flowers and beaches, while the country is obsessed with kidnappings and murders.

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