Primitive Matters: Huts

“The notion of primitivism is inseparable from the question of colonialism”

(Primitive: Original Matters in Architecture, 2006. Felipe Hernandez and
Lea Knudsen Allen)

Primitivization of the “Other” was one of the discriminatory strategies used by the colonizer in order to support its claims to cultural authority. Colonisation occurs through attempts by the colonizer to recreate “doubles” of itself through the process of education, religion, language, culture and architecture. However this undertaking is never fully achieved and the “doubles” remain forever unfinished, always in a process of formation.(Bhabha, Homi)

Primitive Matters interrogates the vernacular architecture of the Caribbean.
Stollmeyer's Castle Trinidad
Ambard House Trinidad
Queen's Royal College Trinidad