Return (WELCOME TO THE NEW PARADISE)
Welcome to the New Paradise is conceived as a three-part project that opens with RETURN, a
billboard crowning a building in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
At first sight, the billboard appears to be a travel agency advertisement that attempts to lure the audience into buying an idyllic vacation package: "Welcome to the New Paradise. You, a lonely Wild Cat."
Barrio creates a melting pot of her own iconography, interconnected with elements of the exotic
cultural imagery of the area, which enjoys a flourishing immigrant population, the majority of whom have left tropical settings to make their home in NYC.