The exhibition departs from the recognition that Caribbean societies have emerged from indigenous genocide, enslavement of Africans, and forced labor of Hindus and Javanese under colonial regimes - a history of structural violence whose impact on social life is still felt today . The exhibition tries to capture in images the deep impact of these surviving power patterns on people's lives.

The Visual Life of Social Affliction is a project by Small Ax, international magazine for Caribbean art criticism.

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