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An n Pale | Let’s Talk Conversation featuring HCX RASIN LAKAY 2020 grantees


Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.27.20 PMOn Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 HCX hosted its first virtual An n Pale | Let’s Talk Conversation featuring HCX RASIN LAKAY 2020 grantees. The talk was moderated by Haiti Cultural Exchange Communications & Engagement Coordinator, Riva Precil, who led a conversation between the HCX RASIN LAKAY 2020 grantees: Steven Baboun, Sabine Blaizin, Darnelle Champagne, André Eugene, Wynnie Lamour, and Rejin Leys. The artists joined in on a zoom call and spoke at length about their individual projects.  

Please find the full-length talk here 

Find links to each artist’s projects below:

Steven Baboun

Sabine Blaizin

Darnelle Champagne & Wynnie Lamour

André Eugene

Rejin Leys

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Rasin Lakay features Andre Eugène


Kowona Kwonik–Chronicle of Corona

Andre Eugène, Haitian artist, co-director of the Ghetto Biennale and one of the founders of Atis Rezistans, reveals how he makes work using local carving skills and the creative addition of recycled materials. At the same time he, and other members of Atis Rezistans, reflect on the effect of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives.



Click on the image below to watch Kowona Kwonik.Kowona Kwonik



Andre Eugène was born in downtown Port-au-Prince in 1959. He is a leading figure in the artists’ collective known as Atis Rezistans and a broader movement known as the Sculptors of Grand Rue. Eugène fused the fetish effigy with an apocalyptic MTV futuristic vision. Much of his work is figurative using human skulls for heads and imbued with a bold sense of irony, sexuality and humour. In 2006 Andre Eugène contributed to a large-scale collective sculptural work, which is a permanent exhibit at the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool. His work has been shown at the Muesum of Ethnography, Geneva; at the Parc de la Villette, Paris; the Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; Nottingham Contemporary, UK and at the Grand Palais, Paris. His work was included in the Haitian Pavillions at the 54th Venice Biennale. Andre Eugène is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale, which has been held in Port-au-Prince since 2009. In 2015 Andre Eugene and his partner, Leah Gordon, were the recipients of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean

Find out more about Andre’s work by following the Ghetto Biennale channels: Instagram | Website


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Rasin Lakay features Coralie Noisette


The Shadow Self

“The project, “Shadow Self: Transforming Fear into Light”, is inspired by one’s internal exploration around self-identity, personal growth, and the higher consciousness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all been confronted with amplified stress and confusion encouraging us to reevaluate our external and inner worlds. Personally, I’ve been faced with internal conflicts and questions such as, “Who am I?”, “Why do I feel this way?”, and “Where am I headed?”. As a result, I’ve been diving deeper into the idea of my “shadow self”. With more time to reflect during these uncertain times, these areas of “self” have come to the surface and are becoming harder to ignore. Through a compilation of audio-visuals and original poetry, my project aims to confront, heal and transform the shadows that have veiled my connection to the Higher Self.” – Coralie Noisette

Click on the images below to watch each chapter of “Shadow Self” on the HCX YouTube channel:

The first chapter “Confront Thyself” is a personal journey to identify and examine the darker side of myself. In order to move forward in life, we need to understand and accept that there are various facets of our persona that we may not want to deal with. However, through this confrontation we take steps closer to overcoming what no longer serves us in our life. “Confront Thyself” is a brief reflection of my internal dialogue to address my shadows.

Chapter 1

The second chapter, “Heal Thyself”, encourages one to make peace with their shadows. To do so, we must find the courage to go in the depths of our core to understand our subconscious pain. Instead of fighting these negative aspects of self, we should use the contrasts to shed light on areas of healing. By accepting our shadows, we begin to dismantle the ego’s grasp on self, and we become closer to our authentic self. “Heal Thyself” gives the viewer an inside look into my healing process.Chapter 2

The third and final chapter, “Transform Thyself”, is the result of when the shadow self meets healing. Transformation is the energetic shift that takes place within, also known as growth. Once we integrate our shadows into our understanding of self, we take back our power and its influence in our daily lives. We become more aware of our true essence, and gain power over our egos. “Transform Thyself” seeks to guide us towards our higher selves by transforming fear into light.

Chapter 3







Coralie Noisette With a mission to grow, and a lover of love, Coralie Noisette is a self-taught artist of Haitian descent, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, she decided to buy a one-way ticket to Haiti for a new chapter in her life that allowed her to connect with her Haitian roots. Since then, Haiti has enabled Coralie to further tap into her creative spirit though its rich culture, natural beauty, and mystic energy. As an artist and poet, she seeks to understand the connection between the spiritual and physical realms, with an underlying theme of self-exploration. Her painting style is inspired by optic art and color therapy, playing with the viewer’s vision and illustrating the intricate layers of what one would deem as “reality”. The original short poetic proses that Coralie writes, and which often accompany her artworks, are driven by her quest to make sense of some of life’s impenetrable questions. Through self-examination and confronting our shadows, we gain better awareness of who we are and our place in the world. Through her art, Coralie hopes to awaken the viewers’ eyes, minds and spirits to the infinite possibilities of the universe.

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


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Rasin Lakay features Pyelila



Pyelila’s LANMOU series features plants and their love languages. “I’ve always imagined that plants have relationships amongst themselves. Whether it be amicable, romantic or familial. Each time I look at them, I always imagine how they must interact and how they decide to get along in order to survive if they were animated.

I created this illustration series to show how I see them in my mind. I’ve depicted them in various types of love.”

Click on any of the images below to view the illustration–and leave a comment–on the HCX Instagram account:

“I started off with love of self. I was inspired by a beautiful orange tree in my backyard, that always gifts us the sweetest oranges. She always seems to take good care of herself no matter the circumstances, she always nourishes herself with her environment.”
“The second piece hones in on a comforting love, inspired by my Aloe Vera plant. It is the most resilient plant in our garden and offers the most healing benefits.” ⁣
“Ginger to me has always come off as strong spirited, softening when faced with a love accepting of its flaws and all its ups and downs, always bringing about its soft side in the end.”⁣
“A love that doesn’t require anything from the outside world. All of its might stems from being with one another. The Citronella plant gives me that vibration, each branch helps the other to stand tall, one protecting the other from their environment to keep them safe and strong.”⁣
“Senseveria (referred to as donkey’s ears in Haitian Creole) is one of the most resilient plants, to come across a dying one would mean the sun no longer rises. Likewise for the love of a mother, a love that will never cease to multiply its roots, that will never tarnish as long as there is life.”
“Oftentimes, we don’t realize that we’re toxic for someone, when that person starts to call us out on the walls we’ve put up, that’s when we come to realize how messed up we are. Even with good intentions, a bad apple is a bad apple. Often, it’s the stories we tell about our presence that are toxic. It’s always good that we realize this, so that we can do that person a big favor.This is my Aloe plant that’s always preventing the leaves of my Monstera plant from staying whole, it’s always tearing a leaf, or poking one. Eventually, I had to move the poor thing away from it.”


Pierre-Richard Raphael (Pyelila) is a young Haitian visual artist, specializing in Illustration, Photography and Graphic Design. Since his childhood, he had deep interests in Haitian folklore and fantasy. Which has always shaped his art into a tool used to tell every beautiful story Haiti has to tell. After his Art studies at Ecole Nationale des Arts (ENARTS) in Port-au-Prince, he embarked on a freelance career in visual art. This, has given him a form of freedom that he uses to delve into the illustration of many aspects of the Haitian heritage that need a voice.

Find out more about Pyelila by following his channels:
Instagram | Facebook


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