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ART FOR CHANGE EXHIBITION AT DOWNSTREET ART FESTIVAL IN MASS ACHUSETTS!

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HAITI: BEYOND MOUNTAINS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS\, an exhibit ion curated by and recently displayed at Art for Change exploring political and social issues in Haiti\, will be traveling to North Adams\, MA this mo nth for the Downstreet Art Festival!  Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mou ntains refers to a Haitian proverb using mountains as a metaphor for contin ued obstacles and challenges the country has faced.  Political and social e arthquakes of no small scale have foreshadowed natural earthquakes and hurr icanes. Yet\, as the first country to achieve independence from colonial ru le\, mountains serve not only as a metaphor for obstacles\, but also resist ance of the Haitian people evidenced through an ever-present narrative of w illful dissent and insurgency. Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains illuminates the common thread of strength in civil resistance throughout Ha iti’s history via mechanisms ranging from civil disobedience to popular upr isings. The exhibition explores the political\, economic\, and social lands cape in Haiti prior to the recent catastrophic earthquake\, and examines ho w this topography has played out in the aftermath of a crisis. Haiti’s civi l resistance has consistently been paralleled with imperialism of many form s\, political and economic exploitation and individual greed coupled with e xtensive poverty\, yielding varying faces of destruction. The earthquake it self could be seen as a metaphor for eruption of undersurface tensions alon g both sides of the fault line either between Haitians and outside interven tionists\, or between Haitian elite and Haitian moun en deyo (“marginalized and excluded”). Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains asks us to fur ther question what the post-earthquake political\, economic\, and social la ndscapes of Haiti will look like\, both concretely and metaphorically. If t he Presidential Palace\, state buildings\, and elite mansions symbolized an old aesthetic of sauve-que-peut\, or “survival of the fittest” politics\, will their destruction inspire a new aesthetic of social equity\, inured by heightened sympathy amid the recent tragedy? Do the mountains beyond not m erely represent unending obstacles\, but rather souls of Haiti rising\, nur turing new opportunities for the peasantry alienated from state power until now? Will the political and social topography constitute a more “level” pl aying field?  Featuring artworks by: Featuring artworks by: Jonathan Allen\ , Patricia Brintle\, Yae Li Cho\, Andrew Fish\, Kathleena Howie-Garcia\, Vi dho Lorville\, Isabel MacDonald\, Kelsey Montague\, Sarah Olson\, Tara Pars ons\, Michael Pribich\, Courtney Puckett.

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Art for Change pres ents

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HAITI: BEYOND MOUNTAINS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS

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Gallerie H aiti\, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center\, North Adams\, MA\, June 24\, 20 10 – July 25\, 2010

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Art for Change\, New York\, NY\, March 5\, 2010 – April 10\, 2010

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For more information on the exhibition in Massachusetts\, please visit: http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/bcrc/gallerieh aiti/

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