The Cold War in Florida’s Wetlands

Consider, for a moment, the hole-in-the-donut: a confectionary absence that signifies a presence, a sort of vortex of meaning, potentially a Rorschach test.

Also the name of a place in the Everglades, the Hole-in-the-Donut (HID) is a 6,600-acre tract of wetlands. Its import, as a haven for destructive, invasive plant species amongst native ones, is not only ecological. The chill of the Cold War lingers there too, where a nuclear missile site once stood on high alert, aimed at Havana.

Christy Gast, for her show at Locust Projects titled Inholdings, created works that examine HID’s complex intermingling of histories. Building on her interest in what she calls “contested landscapes,” the show threads various intersecting narratives based on in-depth research of the HID, including environmentalism, paranoid geopolitics, and a gendered analysis of conflict.

[Originally published on April 9, 2014 on Hyperallergic. Read the rest here.]

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