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Jasmine’s #PWOTEKSYON: Creative Evolution Through the Caribbean Lens | Lakou NOU Recap

11.14.17

Jasmine Plantin (Flatbush), a textile and fashion artist, presented her Lakou NOU 2017 culminating event, #PWOTEKSYON, just this past Friday, on November 10th. The program focused on the idea of expressing culture as a mode of protection.  Plantin says “through this process I grappled with questions surrounding this idea. How individuals can seek protection, how they can provide protection to others, what protection means to a community, a group of people.”

In a two-part evening, curated around the experiences of Haitian Diaspora in Flatbush, Plantin engaged audiences in a panel discussion between Caribbean creatives highlighting how their heritage influences their work, and in an exhibition of narrative wearable art that she developed in partnership with Haitian artisans.

 

Panelists Travis Gumbs (Co-Founder of creative agency Street Ettiquette and publication Maroon World),  Nicole Plantin (VP of A&R for LA based independent label, Rostrum Records) and Saint Louis (Brand Strategist and Co-Founder of GFCnewyork) each talked about how they express themselves, their culture and what PWOTEKSYON means to them.

View photos by Liz Gauthier from the event by clicking here.

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Lakou NOU 2017: Crown Heights Creatives

11.08.17

Nubian Nene, Lakou

Nubian Nene (Nadine Sylvestre) (Crown Heights) is known mostly for her Waacking and House dance styles. Her ultimate goal is to constantly inspire through actions, words and dance.  She has performed at Fringe Festivals with KINEMATIK Dance Theater and at the Cultch Theater in Vancouver with ‘Bboyizm’ Dance Company. She has also been featured in music videos for Jose James and Michelle Williams alongside the likes of Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. She has taught at the Unity Festival in Toronto, the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival in Vienna and NYC, the Illadelph and Funky Fundamentals Festivals in Philadelphia, and at the International Waacking Festival in Los Angeles.

She believes that basic human services are things a town should provide its residents. A Crown Heights resident, Nubian Nene has observed the way residents contribute to street pollution. In “Crown Heights Creatives,” Nubian Nene documents the personal perspective of residents on the matter, assesses the community needs, raises awareness about the presence of local street farms, gardens and the availability of healthy foods in our grocery stores, and engages the creatives of Crown Heights to share their skill set, expertise and teachings to mobilize the community. She pulls from her Haitian heritage by creating a video series of her dancing in community gardens, connecting the dots between Crown Heights, its residents, and herself – a Haitian-Canadian woman living in Brooklyn. By dancing in this way, Nubian Nene portrays Kouzen Zaka, the agriculture/harvest/hard worker lwa further enforcing the idea of community action. 

DATE/TIME: Friday, December 22nd, 2017  | 6-10pm
LOCATION: 7two7 Create | MAP
727 Franklin Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11238
ADMISSION: Free

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Lakou NOU 2017: #PWOTEKSYON

10.26.17

Jasmin Plantin Lakou

 

Jasmine Plantin (Flatbush) was born and raised in New York and has been surrounded by art and design since she was a child. She attended Parsons the New School for Design and Central Saint Martins for her undergraduate degree, where she was nominated for “Designer of the Year” and graduated with a BFA in Apparel Design in 2013. While pursuing her degree she apprenticed with design studios Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra and Phillip Lim until she graduated and began designing menswear for Greenpoint based company Outlier. Her work in textiles and fashion has appeared in international publications, such as Teen Vogue and Oyster Magazine, and has been displayed in Saks Fifth Avenue and at exhibitions in Paris, France.

In #PWOTEKSYON, Jasmine will be exploring culture as mode of protection for the Haitian Diaspora in Flatbush through a two part evening, beginning with a panel discussion between Caribbean creatives highlighting how their heritage influences their work and introducing students to different artistic fields. The evening will end with an exhibition of narrative wearable art that she has developed in partnership with Haitian artisans highlighting the different periods of Haitian history.

DATE/TIME: Friday, November 10, 2017 | 5-8pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Commons Clocktower | MAP
495 Flatbush Ave |Brooklyn, NY 11225
SPECIAL NOTE: The evening’s panel discussion is public but will cater to students in high school.*

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Lakou NOU 2017: Each Body is a Miracle

10.19.17

Diane Exavier, Lakou

Diane Exavier (East Flatbush) creates performance events, public programs, and games that challenge viewers to participate in the active realization of a theater that rejects passive reception. She is also an arts educator with a pedagogy that focuses on creating reflective spaces for young people. Her work has been presented at Westmont College, California State University: Northridge, New Urban Arts (Providence), West Chicago City Museum, and in New York: Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Independent Curators International, Medialia Gallery, and more. Her most recent play Good Blood was workshopped in residency with the Flea Theater. Her writing appears in Cunjuh Magazine, Daughter Literary Magazine, The Atlas Review, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind.

She uses her Lakou NOU residency to develop her original play Good Blood. With “Each Body is a Miracle,” Exavier delves deeper into some of the play’s issues and themes of immigration, partnership/intimacy, and health through social practice. She segments her project into three parts: 1) field notes, where she asks, what health issues are most affecting the lives and bodies of Haitian community members in East Flatbush today? 2) community crafting, where she’ll facilitate a floral crown making workshop, related to the Haitian traditional practice of plasaj, where participants of any age can attend and through a brief meditative   exercise, decide the conditions under which they want to live, and 3) reportage, an exercise in active dramaturgy, combining research and documentation with live performance. She aims to compile her field notes into a brief report on pertinent health issues facing Haitian residents in East Flatbush and create a photobook sharing portraits from the Community Crafting event. Both will be available to view and peruse at a final reading of Good Blood, the play that serves as inspiration to this entire residency.

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PART 2: Crown Crafting  

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 9 | 5:30-7pm
LOCATION: East Flatbush Branch Brooklyn Public Library | MAP
9612 Church Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11212

RSVP to the Facebook event for Part 2 here!

PART 3: A Staged Reading of Good Blood

DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 9 | 7-10pm
LOCATION: Brooklyn Fete | MAP
1515 Nostrand Ave | Brooklyn, NY 11226

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