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Art for Change presents
HAITI: BEYOND MOUNTAINS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS
March 5 – April 10\, 2010 
Special opening ni ght fundraising event: Friday\, March 5\, 7-11pm

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Featuring Haitian DJ Sabine!

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Art Exhi bition and Fundraiser for Haiti
Art for Change Gallery
1699 Lexin gton Avenue\, Lower Level

Art for Change presents Haiti: Beyond Mountains There are Mountains\, an art exhibition exploring the strength and resistance of the Haitian people amid challenging politica l\, economic\, and social contexts in Haiti. Please join us the opening nig ht of the exhibition at Art for Change Gallery for a special fundraising ev ent with music\, art\, and the collective spirit of community activism thro ugh giving on Friday\, March 5\, 7-11pm to benefit Partners in Health in Haiti. All door ticket proceeds and a percentage of the proceeds from sales of art will be donated to Partners in Health's Haiti Earthquake Relie f.

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Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains refers to a Haitian proverb using mountains as a metaphor for continued obstacles and challenges the country has faced. Political and social eart hquakes of no small scale have foreshadowed natural earthquakes and hurrica nes. Yet\, as the first country to achieve independence from colonial rule\ , mountains serve not only as a metaphor for obstacles\, but also resistanc e of the Haitian people evidenced through an ever-present narrative of will ful dissent and insurgency. Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains seeks to illuminate the common thread of strength in civil resistance throughout Haiti’s history via mechanisms r anging from civil disobedience to popular uprisings. The exhibition will ex plore the political\, economic\, and social landscape in Haiti prior to the recent catastrophic earthquake\, and examine how this topography has playe d out in the aftermath of a crisis. Haiti’s civil resistance has consistent ly been paralleled with imperialism of many forms\, political and economic exploitation\, and individual greed coupled with extensive poverty\, yieldi ng varying faces of destruction. The earthquake itself could be seen as a m etaphor for eruption of undersurface tensions along both sides of the fault line either between Haitians and outside interventionists\, or between Hai tian elite and Haitian moun en deyo (“marginalized and excluded”). Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains asks us to further question what t he post-earthquake political\, economic\, and social landscapes of Haiti wi ll look like\, both concretely and metaphorically. If the Presidential Pala ce\, 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 socia l equity\, inured by heightened sympathy amid the recent tragedy? Do the mo untains beyond not merely represent unending obstacles\, but rather souls o f Haiti rising\, nurturing new opportunities for the peasantry alienated fr om state power until now? Will the political and social topography constitu te a more “level” playing field?

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Featurin g artworks by:
Jonathan Allen
Patricia Brintle
Yae Li Ch o
Roberto De Jesus
Andrew Fish
Kathleena Howie-Garcia
V idho Lorville
Isabel MacDonald
Sarah Olson
Tara Parsons
Michael Pribich
Courtney Puckett 

Partners In Health (PIH) has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years and urgently nee ds our support to respond to the immediate needs of those affected by the r ecent earthquake and continue their mission to strengthen the public health system in Haiti. 

Suggested Donation $20-100
Entertainm ent and refreshment provided!

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Art for Change is a non-profit (501c3) organization that provides a forum for creating
innovative ar t and media programs that inspire people to take an active role in social j ustice. For more information on the art exhibition or opening night fundrai sing event\, please contact Alyssa Fridgen at 347-804-8336 or alyssamf@gmai l.com.  For more information about Art for Change\, please visit our websit e:
h ttp://www.artforchange.org/index.html.

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