Whatever Floats Our Boats, 2017
Photo: Tom Janssen
Whatever Floats Our Boats sketches a decolonial positioning of Curaçao on the world stage in the twentieth century. Artist and BAK 2017–2018 Fellow Quinsy Gario presents three instances of resistance to colonial and dictatorial practices on and via the Dutch Caribbean island that had international consequences.
Through archival photos, videos, and family stories Gario presents actions of Venezuelan revolutionaries, exiled Portuguese soldiers, and black Curaçao dockworkers that impacted militarization in the Caribbean, the decolonization of Lusophone Africa, and the independence of Surinam. Through images from the archive of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, found archival footage on YouTube, and oral histories, another lens is proposed for looking at the political significance of the island.
Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.