ART FOR CHANGE EXHIBITION AT DOWNSTREET ART FESTIVAL IN MASSACHUSETTS!
HAITI: BEYOND MOUNTAINS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS, an exhibition curated by and recently displayed at Art for Change exploring political and social issues in Haiti, will be traveling to North Adams, MA this month for the Downstreet Art Festival! 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 earthquakes of no small scale have foreshadowed natural earthquakes and hurricanes. Yet, as the first country to achieve independence from colonial rule, mountains serve not only as a metaphor for obstacles, but also resistance of the Haitian people evidenced through an ever-present narrative of willful dissent and insurgency. Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains illuminates the common thread of strength in civil resistance throughout Haiti’s history via mechanisms ranging from civil disobedience to popular uprisings. The exhibition explores the political, economic, and social landscape in Haiti prior to the recent catastrophic earthquake, and examines how this topography has played out in the aftermath of a crisis. Haiti’s civil resistance has consistently been paralleled with imperialism of many forms, political and economic exploitation and individual greed coupled with extensive poverty, yielding varying faces of destruction. The earthquake itself could be seen as a metaphor for eruption of undersurface tensions along both sides of the fault line either between Haitians and outside interventionists, or between Haitian elite and Haitian moun en deyo (“marginalized and excluded”). Haiti: Beyond Mountains there are Mountains asks us to further question what the post-earthquake political, economic, and social landscapes of Haiti will look like, both concretely and metaphorically. If the 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 merely represent unending obstacles, but rather souls of Haiti rising, nurturing new opportunities for the peasantry alienated from state power until now? Will the political and social topography constitute a more “level” playing field? Featuring artworks by: Featuring artworks by: Jonathan Allen, Patricia Brintle, Yae Li Cho, Andrew Fish, Kathleena Howie-Garcia, Vidho Lorville, Isabel MacDonald, Kelsey Montague, Sarah Olson, Tara Parsons, Michael Pribich, Courtney Puckett.
Art for Change presents
HAITI: BEYOND MOUNTAINS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS
Gallerie Haiti, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams, MA, June 24, 2010 – July 25, 2010
Art for Change, New York, NY, March 5, 2010 – April 10, 2010
For more information on the exhibition in Massachusetts, please visit: http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/bcrc/galleriehaiti/