Belize City, Belize
If asked what it is, what else could it be described as but as a forum for the ‘Banana Republic’ kids (a
term I borrowed from Yasser Musa’s Banana Boy Project) to share their ideas on life in the marginalized
What is the marginalized?
Well here in Belize, I feel like we are the most marginalized and culturally malnourished of these countries.
While other countries of the banana republic may have struggling economies, at least they can say that
their children are enrolled in ballet, French class, painting and drama lessons. In these other countries,
with wider populations and wider ‘telenovela’ MoMa and Hollywood aspirations there exist cultural
gestation, programs, grants, education and scholarships. There is a demand because there is a supply
In Belize, we have super potential as well, we have talent which would benefit from being enrolled in
cultural programs. Brains which could be fed the words of Camus, George Price, Salvador Dali, Sappho
and the like...
But there is a supply shortage here in Belize. Most public schools have no art programs. So art, culture in
the wider scheme, remains a bourgeois commodity.
Landings this was an opportunity to allow the forum of contemporary art to rise, from the arid cultural
deserts of Belize and to be washed over with oases from all over.
I don’t feel that the other countries are spared from cultural deprivation, but I speak from what I know.
I know Belize, as an art college drop-out I can say that there is no environment here from which I can
suckle, being a baby brain in the art field.
I remember the sureste (Merida, Yucatan).
One of the first words I learnt in Spanish was ‘periferia’ that is to say periphery, that being in the
Southeast in the Mexican Art world, was to be on the fringe of it all, to be on the wrong side of the art
I could not believe what my ears heard when what my eyes saw were exhibits everywhere, free classical music
concerts, ballet; contemporary, modern, classical, Performance, something I’d not seen at home.
Still, the teacher from DF (Mexico City) called us fringe artists.
It is not all together a bad thing, we used it like a badge, to produce, to inspire ourselves, do projects to
either address the fringes, or showcase its super potential.
So Landings I would have to say offered the forum for fringe artists to produce art, not fringe art, but
actual art that could be displayed in Belize, Washington, Cuba and Taiwan.
If it had gone to Badajoz, that would have been the art piece, the mere fact of the fringe artists returning to
the home of the conquistadores to present art from the fringes, but not fringe art, art from the
At the risk of sounding like a hopeless dreamer, world class art from world class artists who reside on the