In September 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated the tiny Caribbean island, Barbuda. Afterwards, Prime Minister, Gaston Browne sought to revoke Barbuda’s communal land rights and build resorts for mass tourism. This was met with collective resistance from Barbudans who refused to leave.
In January/February 2020, photographer Tamzin Forster and I visited Barbuda. Below are portraits of people we spoke to, and their alternative visions for the island. The photographs were exhibited at the Institute of British Geographers and The People’s History Museum, U.K.
Tamzin Forster is a freelance photographer based in Manchester. Check out her website and instagram.
Read more about Barbuda
Sou, G. ‘Resisting disaster capitalism in Barbuda‘. The New Internationalist Jan/Feb 2020 Issue, pages 60-61,
Sou, G. Barbudans are resisting “disaster capitalism”, two years after Hurricane Irma. The Conversation, U.K. 2019;
Sou, G. How to tell the stories of those worst affected by a disaster likeHurricane Irma. The Conversation, London, U.K. 2017;