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HCX Collaboration | Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake


Join Haiti Cultural Exchange next week at the Maysles Cinema as we celebrate Haitian-Born Filmmaker Raoul Peck for this very special film series, Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake from January 22nd to January 25th.  This event is co-sponsored by Creatively Speaking Film Series and the DDPA (Durban Declaration & Programme of Action) Watch Group.

Take a look at the calendar of events!

monarch film 1 Thursday, January 22nd: Moloch Tropical | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Filmed in Haiti prior to the devastating earthquake, the film takes viewers behind the closed doors of a fortress perched on the top of a distant mountain.  A democratically elected President and his closest collaborators prepare for a state celebration of the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence to be attended by foreign dignitaries and heads of state.  But in the city, a popular uprising is spreading. [read more…]

This film will followed by a Q&A with Manbo Dòwòti Désir of the DDPA Watch Group and Michelle Materre.

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Friday, January 23rd: Assistance Mortelle | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Raoul Peck takes us on a two year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative point of view, the film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure. [read more…]

This film is followed by a Q&A with diretor Raoul Peck and will be moderated by Michelle Materre, followed by a reception with food and live music.



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Saturday, January 24th: Après the Earthquake Haiti: 5 Years Later A Public Health Forum | 4pm
Location: Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mt Morris Park West (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

This program will include a screening of Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance followed by a panel discussion/forum with Raoul Peck, Michelle Materre, and public health officials and experts on where we go from here.

This film is also followed by a special reception with food and live music at the Maysles Institute, 8pm.

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Sunday, January 25th: Profit and Nothing But! | 4pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Who said that the economy serves mankind? What is this world where the wealthiest two percent controls everything? A world where this law of the strongest and the richest is imposed on the rest of humanity? Raoul Peck confronts these questions in this well-researched documentary, and contrasts them against the devastating reality of his native land, Haiti. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and author Darrick Hamilton.

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Sunday, January 25th: Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Lumumba: The Death of a Prophet offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history.  Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and others TBA.


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October 14th : HCX joins Satellite Magizine in a conversation about cities, culture and politics


Join HCX and Satellite Magazine as we discuss culture and politics within beautiful New York City. Each talk features an in-depth look at a single city, alongside interviews, art and nonfiction.  Speakers will discuss public-interest design, naturally occurring cultural districts, and more.

This talk will feature:

Régine M. Roumain, Executive Director of Haiti Cultural Exchange
Shayok Mukhopadhyay, Photographer of Willets Point
Karen Kubey, Executive Director of the Institute for Public Architecture
Caron Atlas, Co-Director of Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts of New York

DATE / TIME: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 | 7:30pm-9pm. 
LOCATION: The Way Station | 683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 Google Map

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September 16 – October 7 : Enigmatic Realms


AK73F9C2A7_CBAE_4AA9_98C5_D1A720B5D2FFChelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Port-au-Prince-born artist Shakespeare Guirand in Enigmatic Realms. The exhibition opens on September 16 and will run until October 7, with an opening reception on September 18 to which all art lovers are invited.

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The exhibition Enigmatic Realms features work ranging from the highly abstracted to the other-wordly figurative. From splatter paintings to digital works, these mixed-media creations invite the viewer to question their preconceptions by engaging with highly thoughtful and insightful art.  The artists on display bring their unique backgrounds and life experiences to create a one-of-a-kind collection in which each piece works as an integral part of the whole and as a powerful experience of its own.

“As a young prince growing up, a sense of holiness blew over my mind,” says the Haitian born artist Shakespeare Guirand. Having hailed from a “mystical island,” he points out that the influences of Voodoo, Haiti’s elemental forces and its many overlapping cultures are apparent in his work. In these paintings bold slashes of color and subtle rhythms depict visually the intersection of the artist’s myriad intellectual, spiritual and emotional influences. Working primarily in oil and enamel on canvas or wood, for Guirand painting is a pure expression of the vacillating waves of perception we call living. Diving into melancholy, joy, risk and freedom, the works possess a lilting passion and forceful emotionality. Ripe with color and alive with texture and movement, they seem to capture each divine facet of living that we know, and probe even deeper into what remains a mystery. No matter what the formal subject matter, exploration and discovery shine through as principles at work.

When: September 16, 2014 – October 7, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6
Where: 530 West 25th St | Chelsea, New York

For more information, CLICK HERE! 

Featured Artists also include:

Lisa Froment  |  Ole  |  Susumu Hasegawa  |  Virginia Knapp  |  Alan McKee  |  Daniel S. Solloway  |  Lucien Tilly  |  Dave Toporowski  |  Martin VARHO


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August 8 – September 7: Abstracting Nature at hob’art gallery


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Olga Guerra: “Leaving Cuba”, scanography


Alberte Bernier: “Exodus”, oil on canvas

“Abstracting Nature”, an exhibition by Alberte Bernier and Olga Guerra will open to the public from August 8, 2014 – September 7, 2014 at hob’art co-operative gallery, 720 Monroe Street, E208, Hoboken, NJ.

“Abstracting Nature” puts in perspective a selection of artwork in which each artist illustrates her expressionist interpretation of nature. Although different in scope, their work evokes similar sensitivity and emotion. Alberte Bernier will present artwork created from oil on canvas and mixed media. Olga Guerra will present mixed media pieces of work through photography and scanography, the art of taking pictures with a scanner. To Alberte Bernier, a Chashama artist, painting represents a desire to convey emotion and fantasy. Olga Guerra puts emphasis on light, movement, depth of field, colors and layers. A reception to meet the artists will be held on Saturday August 9, 6:00-8:00pm. On Sunday August 17 at 3:30pm, the artists will talk about their artwork and welcome questions from visitors. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm, and by appointment. The artists thank the Monroe Center and hob’art co-operative gallery for their support in this exhibition.

Alberte Bernier works in several mediums, and she incorporates found objects gathered from various landscapes into her work.  For Olga Guerra, who works mostly with found objects, the scanner is an endless source of challenges and delights that allow her to reconcile two and three-dimensional designs.

Free parking is available at the rear of the building on Jackson Street and is wheelchair accessible.  Gallery information may be obtained on the website and from the director, France Garrido, (201) 319-1504 or

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