The Insufferable Whiteness of Being


As crypto-rich investors relocate to Puerto Rico to build a new crypto-utopia called “Sol” (formally, “Puertopia”), The Insufferable Whiteness of Being considers their utopian vision within the larger historical context of colonialism and exploitation on the island. The video combines text drawn from online, comment-thread arguments about the island’s future with images of Puerto Rico from Western art history, travel and tourism videos, U.S. military training documentation, luxury real estate tours, and post-hurricane Maria drone footage.


This work was made possible by a generous grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York, NY and supported by Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center’s Workspace Residency.