'I am From Where You Vacation".





Wrapping up Black History Month with Dominican Republics Independence Day.

The Dominican Republic became a nation on the 27 of February 1844 when a group of revolutionaries seized power from the Haitian rulers and previously overthrowing France and Spain's colonialism.



Patricia Encarnación, An Afro-Dominican interdisciplinary artist and designer, who explores the perception of being the Caribbean, through quotidian objects, landscapes, and aesthetics she was exposed to growing up in her homeland. Her work intends to dismantle impositions of social roles and biased history by showcasing their effect on herself and her surroundings. She explore these concepts through diverse media such as ceramics, photography, and video.



In Patricia's "I am From Where You Vacation" is a series of photography, paintings and collage works seeking to present an Afro-Dominican reality free from imposed colonial narratives and understandings through visual storytelling. It explores the Caribbean perception as 'Paradise' and its exotification. The project depicts surreal scenes in a tropical landscape to showcase different realities focused on the polarized living experiences between Caribbean Locals (mainly Caribbean women of color) and tourists.


"As an afro Caribbean woman, I have perceived different facets of the island historically, lived in person and from the diaspora, which allows creating visual content that criticizes colonial behaviors and structures that the region continues to carry on from different points of views."

"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES



Patricia Encarnación captures beautiful atmospheric blue hues, water landscapes of the Dominican Republics Ayiti, known today as La Hispaniola which has a historical identity charged with segregation and violence since its inception post-French and Spanish colonization.



"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES


"As a result of such early separation, both sides of the island’s socio-political and socio-cultural structures grew apart, but both sides are not as different as people claimed. One island in the middle of the Caribbean undergoes such a division, but the landscape blessed with a unique nature remains intact and suggests that it is a single land."


"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES



"I am From Where You Vacation" challenges the idea of 'Paradise' and criticizes the colonialist structures enforced by the tourism industry practices, aiming to solidify an anti-colonialist visual discourse."


"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES





"I AM FROM WHERE YOU VACATION" Painting collage






"I AM FROM WHERE YOU VACATION" collage





"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES





"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES



"The Caribbean Blues Series captures the blues and scenery that the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic ocean offers on both sides of the border, with a melancholic narrative. It shows the homogeneity between the Pedernales and Anse-à-Pitres, and Monte Cristi and Bossus landscape that shares the (south and north) last stretch of the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti."


"I AM FROM WHERE YOU VACATION" Painting





"THE CARIBBEAN BLUES". SERIES




Patricia Encarnación Web Site