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Lakou NOU 2020 Artists Culminating Event


Lakou NOU 2020 Artists Culminating Event

“The Lakou NOU residency has been a constant lesson in how to create with an open heart.” – Daveed Baptiste 2020-2021 Lakou NOU Artist

Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) announces the 2021 Lakou NOU culminating event from 4-7 pm on June 19th in Rogers Tilden Veronica Place Block Association Community Garden, rain or shine, at 2601-2603 Tilden Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Haiti Cultural Exchange’s Lakou NOU artist residency program provides artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to historically underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush. Lakou NOU artists develop collaborative community engagement projects that address neighborhood issues and highlight community assets. Artists in residence received individualized mentorship from HCX staff and interacted with each other as a cohort through discussion and support around topics relevant to Lakou NOU projects. HCX-facilitated additional professional development workshops with community activist Anthonine Pierre, Urban Bush Women, and artist Ariana Faye Allensworth.

The event showcases 2020-2021 artists in residence AnJu Hyppolite, Daveed Baptiste, and Guerdley Cajus’ exploration of what it means to be Haitian American, to belong to two cultures, two worlds, and to be Black in America, while also staying true to your heritage. It integrates performance and visual arts for an immersive experience.

Unlike traditional artmaking, where an artistic creation amplifies a sole artists’ perspective, Lakou NOU residents generated this work collaboratively with community members, weaving participants’ collective creativity into a rich and nuanced depiction of the struggles and triumphs of the Haitian American journey. “The power of this work lies partly in the high caliber of the artists’ craft, and partly in the shared authorship of its creation,” describes Lakou NOU Programs Coordinator, Emily Schiffer. “It was created over the past year and a half, with many pandemic-related adaptations. As a result, the work has an immediacy that reflects our times. It claims power in vulnerability and healing in human connection.”

The Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden is an apt location to showcase this work. The garden beautifies the community, holds space for community building, and prevents blight and unaffordable housing construction. The artwork is installed throughout the premises and is in conversation with the space it occupies.

The artists projects are as follows:

AnJu Hyppolite: (Canarsie) Project Unearth explores the multiplicities of identity within the Haitian-American experience. AnJu has spent the past year and a half in conversation with Haitian-American women. Her storytelling workshop produced a script describing moments of strength, power, vulnerability, learning/unlearning, and self-actualization. The women used their voices to stand in their truth, bravely and vulnerably, as they shared their experiences. The culminating event will feature a live performance of these stories, an immersive audio installation, and an interactive exercise with the event’s audience.

Daveed Baptiste: (East Flatbush) Through photography, printmaking, textile design, and kite making, Between Lands centers Haitian-American youths’ migration stories. On display at the culminating event are: Large portraits of graduating high school seniors that illustrate their dreams and imaginations in America; textiles with screen printed portraits, and handmade kites with printed designs from the participants in the workshops. Daveed worked closely with The Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project and  Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden to produce this work.

Guerdley Cajus: (Crown Heights) Body Poems confronts the ongoing erasure of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) voices by placing a lens on the untold stories of Haitian people. Guerdley spent her residency interviewing participants and leading workshops, in which individuals’ stories inspired movement that reclaims power and facilitates healing. Additionally, Guerdley danced at locations in Crown Heights where the brutalization of women took place to honor those women, cleanse those spaces, and claim Black female power. The culminating event features images from those performances and a dance video examining how erasure takes up space in the black body. Guerdley will also lead a movement workshop for the culminating event audience.


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Rasin Lakay features Pascale Faublas



“FANM is the title of my current series, which started in 2018.

This body of work questions the feminine condition, femininity and its attributes. My reflection feeds on symbols, experiences, clichés and prejudices, proverbs and sayings, representations, metaphors that I draw from the Christian judeo culture and from the universe of Haitian vodou.  Witch are entitled Freda, Manman Zanfan, Fanm pa Lavyèj, Eve, Fanm se Poto Mitan, or Miwa Fanm this series is a gallery of contemporary feminine spirits. She plays a universal woman, affirmative, subversive, subject of her destiny.

For the HCX Rasin Lakay 2021 Program, I will present works in progress, part of the mini series Miwa FANM as well as pieces of the series Fanm se Poto Mitan. I will share photos and short videos of my work process, images of different steps, different techniques I use for each of the series: painting on paper and canvas, sewing, collage fabric on canvas, collage paper, wax on paper. And, I will share images of the finished works.”

Click on any of the images below to watch Miwa FANM:

Pascale Faublas was born in Port au Prince, Pascale Faublas lives and works in Haiti. After three decades of a prolific artistic career, PASKAL asserts herself as a visual artist in the landscape of contemporary Haitian art; developing her own language, using mixed techniques acquired as an autodidact: collage of printed paper or fabric, ink and acrylic, batik, scraping, sewing, monotype, mixed media …while being based on the search for materials from its environment and on the principles of the art of recovery.

In a process that is both playful and poetic, inhabited by vodou culture, her works explores memory, myth and spirituality. Individual and collective history meet to highlight a political word and develop poetics of forms.

Paskal’s art has been shown both in Haiti (Galerie Jerome, Galerie Monnin, French Institute of Port au Prince, French Alliance in Jacmel, Centre d’Art, Musée du Pantheon National/MUPANAH, Kolektif 509…) and abroad (Paris, Nantes, Suresnes, Guadeloupe, Barcelona).

Find out more about Pascale’s work by following her channels: Facebook | Instagram


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Rasin Lakay features Mikaelle Aimee


Ayiti, gade andedan


“Haiti, look inside” (Ayiti, gade andedan), is a talk/ musical presentation aimed at revisiting the many woes facing Haiti’s already vulnerable population and taking a look at what they, as a people, need at the most basic and deepest levels. I will call into question our past and present responses to the many hardships facing the population and make suggestions on how each individual can play a role in changing the narrative. I believe that by developing a knowledge of self, nurturing a connection to the planet, and embracing non-traditional ideas, Haiti can find a better way for all its children to not only survive, but thrive. It is time to look inside.

Click on the image below to watch Ayiti, gade andedan:

Mikaelle Cartright video screencapture

Mikaelle Aimee Cartright is a Haitian-American performing artist and fledgling philanthropist based in NYC. Her music ranges from Soft-Rock, to Blues, Jazz and Soul. In addition to singing, she plays guitar, writes music, embroiders, and crafts elaborate headpieces. Although music is her passion, her desire to help others is intensifying day by day as she finds herself expanding towards philanthropy.

She is currently in the research phase of creating a program she believes will greatly assist non-profit organizations with the implementation of early-childhood education programs, peer to peer mentorship, and eco-volunteerism programs.

Find out more about Mikaelle’s work by following her channels: Instagram | Facebook


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Flag Day Selebrasyon! | Recap



On Saturday May 15, 2021 at BKLYN Commons, Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted their annual  Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon!  for Haitian Heritage Month;  honoring several community organizations for their extraordinary work on the frontlines during the pandemic. 

Community organizations along with their executive directors and leaders that were acknowledged included: Betty Aristide-Augustin of Ede Youth, Natacha Chloe of ANS Association,  Kelynne  J. Edmond of Haitian American Nurses Association, Carine Jocelyn of Diaspora Community Services, Nathalie Michel of Haitian American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization, Andre Peck of Haitian Community Coalition, Elsie Saint-Louis of Haitian Americans United for Progress and Jeffery Joseph of Radio Pa Nou. 


The event featured an evening-long live performance by Haitian Jazz band, Mozayik, and guest performances from Sherlee Skai and Clints Pavelus. Haitian bites were catered by GRANDCHAMPS restaurant; and raffle prizes were presented from the HCX Boutik, Boukman Rhum, Bonbon  Lakay, and Bazile Sauce. 

This celebratory event was made possible through partnership with Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, Council Member Farah N. Louis, and Little Haiti BK. Despite the uncertainties of the pandemic, their leadership, and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! affirmed the growing support and perseverance New York City’s Haitian community continues to withhold for immigrants and first generations in the Diaspora. 

Madjeen  Isaac is a Brooklyn-based Haitian American artist whose work investigates and commemorates Caribbean Diasporic culture and stories in the communities she occupies. She is an alum of The Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. 

Please find more photos from this event on our Facebook page Flag Day Selebrasyon Photo Album



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