Sevilla House, Former Home of Manager of Operations for Tate & Lyle Sugar Company, Brechin Castle Sugar Estates, Trinidad, West Indies

Pablo Delano, Puerto Rican, born 1954

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2012

Pigment print on paper

Overall: 22 × 17 in. (55.9 × 43.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Elizabeth and David C. Lowenstein '67 Fund

© Pablo Delano

2013.40.1

Geography

Place Made: Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Central America

Period

21st century

Object Name

Photograph

Research Area

Photograph

Not on view

Inscriptions

Printed, below image: Sevilla House, Former Home of Manager of Operations for Tate & Lyle Sugar Company, Brechin Castle Sugar Estates, Trinidad, West Indies

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The consumption of sugar at the scale normalized today was only possible through exploited labor on stolen lands. Sugarcane thrives in warm, humid conditions, and colonial empires were intentional in their occupation of countries such as Cuba and the West Indies where sugarcane could flourish.

The shadowed mountains of hand-cut sugarcane in Dmitri Baltermants’s photograph indicate the sheer scope of sugar processing in Cuba. This photo was taken in the 1970s, during the Cuban sugar industry’s early period of decline due to U.S. embargos. In contrast, Pablo Delano’s 2012 photographs show the abandoned sugar factories in the West Indies—these once-bustling facilities are now in a state of decay, their massive machinery left to rust.

Course History

WRIT 5, Expository Writing, William Craig, Winter 2014

ANTH 33, AAAS 83.8, LACS 38, Global Caribbean, Chelsey Kivland, Spring 2019

ANTH 55, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Spring 2021

ANTH 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Spring 2022

ANTH 55.01, Anthropology of Global Health, Anne Sosin, Fall 2022

Latino Studies 44.01, Latino Roots and Transitions, Thamyris Almeida, Winter 2023

Art History 20.04, Faith and Empire, Beth Mattison, Spring 2023

Art History 40.03, Latin American and Caribbean Studies 20.11, Art and Politics in Latin America, Mary Coffey, Fall 2023

Spanish 80.21, Decolonial Puerto Rican Visual Culture, Israel Reyes, Winter 2024

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 91: (Re)Imagining Home, Elissa Watters, Class of 2015, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 24-December 6, 2015.

In Residence: Contemporary Art at Dartmouth, Hood Museum of Art, Harrington Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 18-July 6, 2014.

Publication History

Michael R. Taylor and Gerald Auten, In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2013, ill. p. 99, no. 88

Elissa Watters, A Space for Dialogue 91: (Re)Imagining Home, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2015, checklist no.1.

Provenance

The artist, West Hartford, Connecticut; sold to present collection, 2013.

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