Gisland Jean, at home. Blanchard, Haiti. May, 2015

Gisland Jean, at home. Blanchard, Haiti. May, 2015

I have just about finished reading Ileana Rodríguez’ challenging and thought provoking book, ‘Transatlantic Topographies: Islands, Highlands and Jungles’. There is much to work through for me with her ideas, especially as I really don’t know where I place myself, if at all, on the colonial to post-colonial scale (dare I call it a continuum?). In the aftermath (I’m being naughty) of post-colonial study, do “colonial lies, exploitation and ethnocide”[1] leave any room for apprehending and comprehending different natures in terms of “aesthetics, beauty or sensibility”[2]?

The key matter here is that of different natures I think, and that the perennial function of the aesthetic endeavor may be to reconcile the collision zones between them. Colonial history is certainly defined by such collisions.

Is Gisland smiling at me?

Are you smiling at the difference between similar areas of mid-tone in front of and behind her?

[1] Rodriguez, p. xv,  Introduction

[2] Rodriguez, p. xviii, Introduction