april 10: Paul sails to Tahiti in search of a world unspoiled
The prompt for the 10th was to write an advertisement poem. I had some notes I’d taken while at the “Gaugin: Metamorphoses” exhibit at MoMA earlier this month, and decided to write an advertisement for Tahiti commenting on the colonialism and imperialism that Gaugin was enacting during his stay in Tahiti and through his artwork (especially art depicting Tahitian women). I thought the exhibit did a very good job of highlighting the colonialism and exotification inherent in the artwork: the ways in which Gaugin projected his own conceptions of Tahiti (and the “exotic” in general) onto the island and its people to use in his own art, and the ways in which he appropriated indigenous Tahitian art to repackage it for European audiences. Information about the exhibit here.