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HCX Rasin Lakay Installation

10.21.20

HCX Rasin Lakay Installation

Haiti Cultural Exchange presents RASIN LAKAY:

A site specific installation featuring works by Pyelila, Steven Baboun, Rejin Leys, Richard Louissaint, and Marie St. Cyr.
Held in partnership with the Westbrook Memorial Garden & Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, with funding support from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, October 24 | 2-5pm
*No more than 10 people in the garden at once. Masks must be worn at all times.
October 15 – November 15, 2020
Westbrook Memorial Garden
1233 Pacific Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Open Hours: Thursday, Friday: 2-5pm Saturday, Sunday: 12-5pm

Performances by:
Fritz Bernardin (Saturday, October 24)
Sheila Anozier & Tiga Jean-Baptiste (Sunday, November 1)
Alexandra Jean-Joseph & Sky Menesky of Imamou Lele (Saturday, November 7)

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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

 

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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Rejin Leys is a mixed media artist and paper maker based in New York, whose work has been exhibited at such venues as Centro Cultural de España, Santo Domingo, DR; Kentler International Drawing Space, NY; Queens Museum, NY; and Les Ateliers J.R. Jerome, PaP, Haiti. Her work is in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Yale University, and Rutgers University Caribbean Studies Department, and she is a recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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

Richard Louissaint is a first-generation Haitian-American filmmaker and photographer from New York City. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to a wide spectrum of the Caribbean diaspora but was primarily influenced by Haitian and African-American culture.  His work centers on people of color, especially those of Haitian descent, through portraiture, film and documentaries. His work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, and most recently at the Wyckoff House Museum. His films have screened at the Haiti Film Fest, New York Short Film Festival, and Newark International Film Festival. Richard also holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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

Marie E. Saint-Cyr is a visual artist whose work explores how we interact within imagined space by juxtaposing interior and exterior spaces. As a young Haitian-American artist, the colors in Saint-Cyr’s paintings evoke the charm and vibrancy of Caribbean pastorals alongside the urgency and layered energy of urban landscapes. Marie migrated to the United States from Haiti at the age of eight and creates her art in Wyandanch, New York. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy and has traveled and studied art throughout Europe.

Find out more about Marie’s work by following her channels: Facebook | Website

 

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“Migration” by Madjeen Isaac

10.21.20

“Migration” by Madjeen Isaac

“Migration” is a community mural by Haitian American artist Madjeen Isaac. The design visualizes the journey of immigrant residents to the Flatbush neighborhood and the ways in which they carry the legacy of their ancestors.

This beautiful mural was commissioned by Haiti Cultural Exchange with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Council Member Farah Louis, and in partnership with the Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art) and Little Haiti BK.

Watch the HCX video on the making of “Migration” by clicking on the image below:

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Watch Lakou NOU artist Madjeen Isaac tell us about her experience beautifying this Flatbush mural highlighting the migration experience here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madjeen Isaac specializes in oil painting, as she focuses on creating images based on her Haitian American culture. Growing up in a neighborhood where it is predominantly Caribbean immigrants, Isaac allowed her process to give her a sense of purpose from the memories and cultures that have shaped her. She says, “Flatbush is where I have lived most of my life. Flatbush is a place that emits culture and hustle. Overtime, I have developed a concern for immigrant youth and children of immigrants, becoming “Americanized” or assimilated out of fear, without reflecting back on the culture of their ancestors”. Her works are based on celebrating one’s existence and differences while showing patronage to the Haitian culture. Madjeen currently attends the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is expected to receive her BFA in Fine Art, May 2018.

Her focus as Lakou NOU artist-in-residence working in  Flatbush was to expand her work by focusing primarily on Haitian youth. She facilitated art making workshops with a core group, guiding them to weave in the parts of their culture that are not so obviously relatable nor taught at school. These workshops covered topics as such, “ how will the youth go about exploring their culture and forming their own identities? ” and “ how can art making be a catalyst in forming narratives about the Flatbush community in the perspective of the youth?”

 

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Rasin Lakay features Richard Louissaint

07.07.20

An Emotional Quarantine:

A Self Portrait Series

“This project, like many that have come out of this forced isolation, is a form of self-care. From late March to the present, this has been a way to photograph, a form of expression that has essentially been taken away from me once Stay-at-Home orders were put into place.” – Richard Louissaint

View the 7-series project on Richard’s website.

Richard Louissaint is a first-generation Haitian-American filmmaker and photographer from New York City. Growing up in Queens, he was exposed to a wide spectrum of the Caribbean diaspora but was primarily influenced by Haitian and African-American culture.  His work centers on people of color, especially those of Haitian descent, through portraiture, film and documentaries. His work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, and most recently at the Wyckoff House Museum. His films have screened at the Haiti Film Fest, New York Short Film Festival, and Newark International Film Festival. Richard also holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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

 

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Pa Bliye Toto Bissainthe by Talie Cerin | Diaspora NOW

02.08.20

On February 7th 2020 at ShapeShifter Lab, Haiti Cultural Exchange put together a night that truly embodied the versatility that was Toto Bissainthe. Toto was an actress, a storyteller, a singer, an activist, the list goes on. It was only fitting to honor such a multifaceted artist with a multimedia presentation.  

Shapeshifter Lab was covered in photos archiving the journey of Toto’s artistry in film, in theater, in music. There were also audio stages where attendees could listen to Toto’s words and voice once again. The night was completed with a concert consisting of three singers and an incredible house band (Matsura Hiroyuki, Frédéric Las Fargeas, and Markus Schwartz) directed by Monvelyno Alexis, presenting new arrangements of Toto’s beloved discography. 
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I was excited for the challenge to innovate, which is something I have long admired Toto for. Her avant-garde approach to performance is why Haitian artists of all mediums consider her an icon. Nathalie Joachim, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for an album that honored so much of Toto’s work, brought her unique blend of electronic music, flute, and voice to her chosen selections; an unexpected and moving combination.

It comes as no surprise that Riva Précil, a traditional Vodou singer whose music is already bringing new and interesting jazz and soulful arrangements to Vodou tunes, truly shined presenting the songs from Toto’s repertoire that are dear to her. I, as a longtime admirer of Toto’s work, interpreted three selections, one of which I knew because I grew up listening to my mother singing it. It was such a pleasure to honor both Toto and my mother that night. 

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“An n ale, vaksin ap e gwonde. An n ale” Toto’s voice still rings in my head singing this refrain. This recurring hook underscored the short documentary that opened the night honoring the late legend. An n ale is a call to action, and I received it that night as a call to receive and a call to remember. And remember, we did. 

-Written by Talie Cérin
Haiti Cultural Exchange presented Pa Bliye | Toto Bissainthe, a multi-media exhibition and concert benefiting Haiti Cultural Exchange, in partnership with Fondation Haiti Jazz.

To view more photos from this event click here

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