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Haitians reflect on the Duvalier years – by Tequila Minsky, for Caribbean Life News

03.02.16

2016-02-12-tm-duvalier-cl01_zSunday, Feb. 7 marked the 30-year anniversary since Baby Doc, Jean-Claude Duvalier, exited Haiti in ignominy ending almost 30 years of the Duvalier dictatorship.

Haiti Cultural Exchange chose this date to engage the community through film, performances, reflections, personal testimonies and conversations around the impact of the Duvalier rule. The day at Shapeshifter Lab culminated HCX’s year of Revolisyon / Revolution programming.

Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-nominated film “The Agronomist,” which explores political repression and remembrance, served as an anchor of the afternoon.

The documentary about the Haitian radio personality Jean Dominique covers many eras of Haitian history as it highlights Dominique’s fight for democracy.

In many moments while watching the archival footage, the viewer recognizes how history is repeating itself. (For example, after Aristide’s departure in 2004, a two-year interim government acted as a caretaker government as Haiti readies currently for an interim government.)

In the early 60s, Dominique, who had studied agronomy, bought Radio Haiti (later, renaming it Haiti-Inter) and turned it from entertainment into a vehicle for information. He broadcast in the language of all Haitians — Kreyòl, one of the earliest stations to do so.

Speaking out against successive dictatorships, he fled the country twice: from Duvalier in 1980 and from the Cedras de facto government in 1991. He returned in 1994 continuing to use his microphone to speak out against vested interests. Dominique was assassinated in 2000.

… Read the rest of the article at Caribbean Life News.

To view pictures from this event, click here.

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Resist & Restore. Lavi Miyò, A Work in Progress – by Jessica Tong, Programs and Outreach Coordinator

02.19.16

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This An n’ Pale took place on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at FiveMyles Gallery and was moderated by Jessica St. Vil & Shalomisrael Diggs of Kanu Dance Theater.

Section I. Birth/Naissance
“Everything has a beginning.  Everything must begin somewhere.  In vodou, life begins anew when a person engages in serious self-reflection ultimately leading them to devoting themselves to others, to prayer, to charity, to community, and to defending all of those things”

Section II. Life/Vie
“Everyday we face the trials and tribulations and through movement we each tell our individual stories.  The beauty is that there are commonalities in our struggle and the processes through which we achieve potential success.  That is the definition of community resistance.”

Section III. Death/Mort
“Although afro-traditions provide us with many beautiful things, they too are affected by the institutions that target the lives of black people daily.  Resistance and Resilience are not synonymous for being at PEACE.”

Section IV. Life-After/Au-delà
“Despite the things that exist to knock us down, we will live as long as living is possible.  Afro-traditions will remain relevant as long as there is a god, people to keep faith, and something to be liberated from.”

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False Prophets, a poem – by Olivier Joseph

False prophets you are a paradox:
Preach harmonies but sing chaos
Promote peace but bring catastrophe

You, false prophets, make it so damn hard to be black in America.
But to carry Haiti’s story is no simple task but a privilege we gladly accept

You, false prophets, make it so damn hard to be black in America.
But to carry Haiti’s story is no simple task but a privilege we gladly accept

Things are changing.
Haiti is alive and fighting.

Fighting to open doors to reconnect with the broken history we left in 1804.
Because as beautiful as life is it is not without flaw.
So resist and restore to make our presence known, even if the world thinks us gone

Its fighting because we are the new generation of life reborn (here) to right your wrong.

Performers include:
Naomi Faith Fields
Olivier Joseph
Laurel O’Conner
Marla Robertson
Lenl Russel

Photo’s taken by:
Richard Louissaint
Keylah Mellon
Tequila Minsky
Claire J. Saintil-Van Goodman

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HCX Collaborations | Creative Aging Program at the Brooklyn Public Library

02.10.16

Riva PrecilHaiti Cultural Exchange is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library for community members over 50 years of age, Creative Aging. Teaching artist, Riva Precil, will lead participants on a visual exploration of Haitian arts and culture through painting, collage, mask-making and beading. The program will run for 10-weeks at the Canarsie Library.  To register, please call: 718.257.6547.

Canarsie Library
1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Avenue J
Brooklyn, NY 11236
718.257.6547

Born in Brooklyn, Riva grew up in Haiti where she studied music, folkloric and modern dance, art, and theatre under some of the most important teachers of their genre.  She obtained a degree in Music Therapy at Loyola University in New Orleans and completed a Music Therapy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. She has had the opportunity to teach music, art, and movement to a wide variety of populations in diverse settings, such as day care centers, children’s hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. As a musician, Riva has performed at numerous venues including the New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Jazz Gallery, Atlantic Antic and Make Music New York festivals.

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Ti Atis | Introducing Teaching Artist Richard Louissaint – by Jessica Tong, Programs and Outreach Coordinator

01.21.16

Richard Louissaint HeadshotOur Ti Atis at P.S. 189, Bilingual Center are at it again!  Joining us for another 10-week arts residency is Richard Louissaint, photojournalist.  Born in Montreal, Quebec to two loving Haitian parents, the Louissaint family migrated to New York City when Richard was very young. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to a wide spectrum of the Caribbean diaspora while being very influenced by the African-American experience.

Before becoming a photographer, Richard was music journalist for Vibe Magazine, The Source, and other publications. His editorial work and portraiture have been published in Wax Poetic Magazine, MTV and the New York Times, and has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The International Center of Photography’s Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, and Brooklyn Borough Hall. He has also enthusiastically expanded into video work, shooting music videos, mini-documentaries and profiles.

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This is Richard’s second time teaching photography at P.S. 189.  Back in 2013, he ran a Photography Narrative Workshop, offering 13 students an opportunity to experience working with the unfamiliar medium of photography.  Students were asked to view books by photographers around the world, encouraged to share their ideas about the aesthetics of the photographs, and come to a consensus on the meaning of each image.

This year, Richard is teaching students how to use photography to tell stories about their life and surroundings while understanding the elements of a photo. They will learn that there is more to photography than pretty images and why it is important for them to be able to tell their own stories.  Students will learn and understand the basics of photography, take photos that demonstrate their understanding of what a photo can communicate, and analyze the qualities of a given photo.  At the end of the 10-weeks, students will select their favorite photos to be printed for a group show.

Click here to view photos from Richard’s last Ti Atis workshop!

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