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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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Welcome Madjeen Isaac!


IMG_0863My name is Madjeen Isaac and I’ve recently joined the Haiti Cultural Exchange teams as a Program Associate. I am an artist and community arts educator based in Flatbush Brooklyn and my work investigates and commemorates Caribbean Diasporic culture and stories within the communities I occupy. I am also an alum of the Fashion Institute of Technology and New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. 

In 2018, I was an HCX Lakou NOU artist in residence working in Flatbush. My project entailed working closely with youth from Haitian American United in Progress, as I facilitated art making workshops guiding youth to explore parts of their culture and upbringing as first-generation Americans.  

I am excited to be a part of the HCX team because I value how diligently they’ve worked and continue to highlight and preserve Haitian arts and culture within Brooklyn. I often recall back to 2016 when I attended my first HCX event in collaboration with Kriyol Dance! Collective called Lavi Miyò. I was in awe of the dance performance which enacted themes of resistance, power, and revolution; and I appreciated the community that formed within the venue space to witness and celebrate Haitian arts and culture. 

As a Lakou NOU alum and artist interested in community work, I look forward to aiding in strengthening the team’s efforts in community programming and engagement for the Haitian Diaspora, residents and visitors!  

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“Migration” by Madjeen Isaac


“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:

Mural 4Mural 5See more work-in-progress photos here. Photos by Richard Louissaint.Mural 2

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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Lakou NOU 2020 Exhibiting Artist


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: 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 for a chance to have your words featured on our website and social media.

Sept 26 Panel discussion: Inspired Live At Photoville:

Education Day: Photoville Meet the Artists –Date not confirmed, it will be a Tuesday in October

Group sign up:

Individual sign up:

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:

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