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Rasin Lakay features Sabine Blaizin

09.08.20

Haiti Cuba Project

What is the historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and artistic connection between Cuba and Haiti? Discover Cuba’s and Haiti’s past, present, and future through the lens of a group of contemporary Cuban/Haitian artists.

The HCX community experienced their stories via an immersive audiovisual interpretation which included interviews, traditional dance, drum, and electronic music. These shared stories demystified the stereotypes of Haitians and Cubans. They redefined for themselves the concept of home and identity through a creative arts lens and have actively made a new history.

Click on any of the images below to watch the Haiti Cuba Project on HCX Facebook Live:

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Sabine Blaizin‘s work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca, Cumbancha, and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, DJ Sabine’s mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of “Grassroots Dance Culture”. Sabine worked for Ocha Records label as a Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. She was also the resident DJ for Subrosa’s signature monthly party Cumbancha featuring African inspired rhythms of House, Soul, Latin music and more. In 2018 Sabine was a resident DJ for Fania Records’ Fania Collective. Today, she curates a party at Le Bain NYC called Rekolte: A Night of Haitian Roots & House. She is also a resident DJ for House of Yes NYC and Onda Mundial Mexico.

Find out more about DJ Sabine’s work by following her channels: Instagram | Website

 

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Lakou NOU 2020 Exhibiting Artist

08.21.20

We are thrilled to announce that we are exhibiting Lakou NOU 2020 artist, Daveed Baptiste’s “Haiti To Hood”, produced in partnership with Photoville for their annual festival in New York City, 2020 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and participating in concurrent virtual programming.

The largest photo festival in North America, the Photoville Festival is a modular venue built from repurposed shipping containers. By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community.

This year, the Photoville Festival has adapted to follow COVID-19 safety measures. Rather than drawing thousands of people to a concentrated area over 6 days–as in past years– this year’s installations will be spaced throughout the entirety of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and viewers are invited to view the installations over the course of several months.

Learn more about the Photoville Festival here: https://photoville.nyc/ or follow them on social media @photoville and #photoville.

Daveed_Photo-1Daveed Baptiste, Hood Dandy, From the series “Haiti to Hood.

 

Concurrent Virtual Programming for Photoville 2020

Concurrent with Daveed’s exhibition:

HCX invites viewers to use Daveed’s images as inspiration for original poetry, spoken word, or short stories about the experience of having “an identity that falls on a blurry line, being a diaspora child straddling two cultures.” We invite you to jump inside the head of the people in the images, use the sets Daveed created as gateways into your stories, and/ or let the combined impact of the images make your words flow. Please email your finished works (up to 500 words) to lakounou@haiticulturalx.org for a chance to have your words featured on our website and social media.

Sept 26 Panel discussion: Inspired Live At Photoville: https://photoville.nyc/online/inspired-live-at-photoville/

Education Day: Photoville Meet the Artists –Date not confirmed, it will be a Tuesday in October https://photoville.nyc/education/

Group sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIsUFg5LNPChWauQuYJFujE3GCwX8qLN_kmv8gyRSxTpJssg/viewform

Individual sign up:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2nAdUKKK-vaylV0Y1_A6_bIHJxRs4xKptjJz6aRaW1UrXWg/viewform

Photoville Virtual Educator Lab – Saturday October 24, 11AM – 2:30PM  Daveed will present a 20-minute artist talk to an audience of educators. This is followed by a breakout session where he will collaborate with a small group of educators to develop a lesson plan inspired by his exhibition. Educators can sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMmG19FmSWq-xArgcBT8Nl2Xkqy_4IQrbEASHBL4xeOGJaUA/viewform

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Rasin Lakay features Steven Baboun

08.18.20

Reimagining the Haitian Identity

Steven Baboun & Yvena Despagne discuss Haitian identity— focusing on the Haitian queer experience and other unrepresented identities or marginzalied communities within Haitian society and the Haitian Diaspora (i.e. the Vodou community, Muslim community, and multi-cultural communities).

Click on the image below to watch Steven Baboun’s Artist Talk on HCX Facebook Live:

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Steven Baboun is an artist and photographer from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and based in New York City. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts and a minor in Education Studies at American University in Washington, DC. He’s currently an MFA Photography student at Parsons School of Design with an anticipation degree completion date of August 2020.  Baboun creates through photography, installation, video, and performance art. His work explores diverse social issues within the Haitian community such as queerness, race and social class, politics, religion (namely Vodou and Catholicism), and multi-cultural identities. Baboun presents to the world the complexities of Haitian society and how Haiti is an incubator for innovation, creativity, and storytelling. His works have traveled to Haiti, New York City, Los Angeles, China, Miami, and South Korea.

Find out more about Steven’s work by following his channels: Instagram | Website

 

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Rasin Lakay features Youry Vixamar

08.12.20

Papa Gede

“This song is an adaptation, a classic by Carole Demesmin.

We decided to make a video with images taken with phones in two different countries, even when times are hard and I am far from Lisbania. It shows that there are no limits or time restrictions to creativity.” –Youry Vixamar

Click on the images below to hear the song on Instagram or view the music video on YouTube:

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Youry Vixamar is passionate about music. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he began piano lessons at the age of 10. At 15 years old he learned to play the trumpet. In 2000 he began his musical studies at Haiti’s National school of Arts (ENARTS) he started drumming (tanbou) with the famous singer, composer and drummer Sanba Zao. His career began in 2002 with Sanba Zao in Djakata band. In 2003, he played in the choir of St. Jude (Meyotte), Brothers Posse, Fabienne Denis Ayizan and Tru Rasta . In 2007 he joined Paul Beaubrun’s band, Zing Eksperyans. Starting in 2011, he began a solo career in collaboration with DJs such as Gardy Girault, DJ Stuba, DZgot, Jeff Afrozila, Boddhi Satva, Dead Fresh Nunas onstage and more.

Find out more about Youry by following his channels:
Instagram | YouTube

 

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