Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
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 Discussion reflecting on the legacy of the colonial past in the Baltics. February 23, 2021

  Performance by Quinsy Gario and Jörgen Gario “How to See the Spots of Der Leopard”

3 August 2020, Kuldīga 

Video documentation of the performance can be viewed in the series Monument, a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and Het Nieuwe Instituut.

The performance took place during the LCCA Summer School and it reflected on Latvia’s connection to European colonialism. The brothers Quinsy and Jörgen Gario are from the island of Sint Maarten, where in July 1645 Duke Jacob Kettler’s ship The Hope was spotted. It was transporting ivory and pepper from present-day Liberia to the Caribbean and from there it took tropical timber to Europe. In 1653 Duke Jacob built the ship Der Leopard, a slave ship, and forcibly transported abducted Africans to be sold and enslaved on the French island Martinique. The Baltic German-dominated Duchy of Courland is often recalled as a positive period in Latvian history, emphasising ethnic Latvian. 

 Artist talk by Quinsy Gario 

12 November 2019, the Art Academy of Latvia (New Building)

How do we talk about natural disasters, colonial exploitation, resistance and survival? Through the prism of his families experiences and stories Quinsy Gario is busy with a storytelling and performance lecture trilogy that looks at resource extraction within the Dutch Caribbean. In the lecture Gario sketched an overview of the Dutch Caribbean political situation and explored how his work critically reflects and propositions new relationships. 

Quinsy Gario (Curaçao/St. Maarten/the Netherlands), is a graduate of the Master Artistic Research from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and has a background in media studies, gender studies and postcolonial studies. His work focuses on decolonial remembering and disruption. His most well known work Zwarte Piet Is Racisme critiqued the general knowledge surrounding the racist Dutch practice of Black Pete. He won the Royal Academy Master Thesis Prize 2017, the Black Excellence Award 2016, the Amsterdam Fringe Festival Silver Award 2015, the Dutch Caribbean Pearls Community Pearl Award 2014 and the Hollandse Nieuwe 12 Theatermakers Prize 2011. He is a member of the pan-African artist collective State of L3, a 2017/2018 BAK fellow, a Humanity In Action Senior Fellow and currently a participant of the APASS program.