fourth degree friday: andrea in mauritius

Hometown: Houston, TX
Current City: Quatre Bornes, Mauritius
How Long: 11 months in Mauritius (Drea returned to the states this month)
Occupation: Artist (view her incredible work here.)

Four Words to Describe Mauritius
Beautiful, frustrating, tropical, green.

Four Spots in Mauritius to Check for
Quatre Bornes Cloth Market: held every Thursday and Sunday night in the town center
Le Morne: this site was used as a shelter for runaway slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries
Point aux Natural: says Drea, “Point aux Natural is like a hidden secret. You gotta know someone who can take you there…”
Trou aux Biches: a fisherman’s village in the northwestern area of the island known for its beautiful beaches

Four Mauritians We Should Know About
Kaya, a seggae singer that was shot and killed by the police. He’s sort of like the Mauritian Bob Marley.
Mr. J. François Lafleur, Site Officer at the Le Morne Heritage Center
Krishna Luchoomun, artist (body painting work above)
Chef Nizam Peeroo, executive chef of Labourdonnais Hotel and Suffren Port Louis

Four Mauritius Plans for the Weekend
Swimming in Trou aux Biches, hitting up the food stalls in Rose Hill (yummy boulettes and gateaux piment), shopping for last minute knick-knacks for the family.

Thank you, Andrea! Check out her performance piece entitled Securicorp, where she poses, along with a boy of 12, as a security guard for women going about their day-to-day business. The piece “depicts the ways in which women’s daily lives are interrupted by street harassment.” View it here. And, if you are in NYC this weekend, make sure to check out Andrea’s work at this opening reception tonight.


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