Haitians from the Diaspora
Creativity & Focus
a photo exhibition
Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus presented the works of four photographers living in the U.S. which captured images of their fellow Diaspora. The exhibition focused on the intersections of politics, art, space, and tradition versus contemporary culture.
Haitians from the Diaspora premiered at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on August 24th, 2013 through September 5th, 2013.
Exhibiting photographers are MichaÎlle Chapoteau, Marie-Jeanne FethiËre, Richard Louissaint, and Jean H. Marcelin.
For purchase or future exhibition inquires contact Exhibition Curator: RÈgine M. Roumain at Regine@haiticulturalx.org
About the Photographers
MichaÎlle Chapoteau immigrated to the Unites States from Haiti as a teenager. She began as a street photographer inspired by the words of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson: “The Decisive Moment.” in a fraction of a second you must know with intuition when to click the camera or the moment is gone.
The concept behind Chapoteau’s featured works is an artistic acknowledgment of the importance of Haitian musicians and visual artists. Paying homage to the talents, dedication, and perseverance of these artists who are bringing Haitian culture to universal audiences.
Marie-Jeanne FethiËre is a self-taught photographer whose expressive style captures the unique, authentic, and unexpected moments she finds in her present environment, wherever that might be.
This collection of photographs is FethiËre’s attempt to illustrate different aspects of the immigrant and second generation Haitian life as she sees it in NYC. Moments shared with Haitian spiritual, artistic, entrepreneurial and professional persons fill the context and lens of this body of work.
Richard Louissaint was born in Montreal, Quebec to two loving Haitian parents before migrating to New York City at a very young age. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to a wide spectrum of the Caribbean Diaspora while being very influenced by the African-American experience.
Louissaint’s photos are a selection from The Haitian Creatives Series, an ongoing series that began as a long term project to document the community of Haitian artists living and working in New York. This is about them; the musicians, painters, radio hosts, actors, and beyond. Visit RichardLouissaint.com to view more of his work.
Jean Herve Marcelin was born in New York and spent his childhood years in Flatbush, Brooklyn. During a trip to Havana, Cuba in 2005, Jean became extremely interested in documentary-style photography. Inspired by the culture of the Caribbean and through his Haitian heritage, Jean found his voice.
Marcelin views this selection of photos as an ode to his memories of Flatbush, Brooklyn and an attempt to capture a community of Haitians in the Diaspora who are proud of their identity and who are telling the world through their art, lifestyle and daily existence that their hearts will always be planted in Haiti.