Haiti: Beyond Mountains There are Mountains
Art for Change presents
HAITI: BEYOND MOUNTAINS THERE ARE MOUNTAINS
March 5 – April 10, 2010
Special opening night fundraising event: Friday, March 5, 7-11pm
Featuring Haitian DJ Sabine!
Art Exhibition and Fundraiser for Haiti
Art for Change Gallery
1699 Lexington 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 political, economic, and social contexts in Haiti. Please join us the opening night of the exhibition at Art for Change Gallery for a special fundraising event with music, art, and the collective spirit of community activism through 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 Relief.
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 seeks to illuminate the common thread of strength in civil resistance throughout Haiti’s history via mechanisms ranging from civil disobedience to popular uprisings. The exhibition will explore the political, economic, and social landscape in Haiti prior to the recent catastrophic earthquake, and examine 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:
Yae Li Cho
Roberto De Jesus
Partners In Health (PIH) has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years and urgently needs our support to respond to the immediate needs of those affected by the recent earthquake and continue their mission to strengthen the public health system in Haiti.
Suggested Donation $20-100
Entertainment and refreshment provided!
Art for Change is a non-profit (501c3) organization that provides a forum for creating
innovative art and media programs that inspire people to take an active role in social justice. For more information on the art exhibition or opening night fundraising event, please contact Alyssa Fridgen at 347-804-8336 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Art for Change, please visit our website: http://www.artforchange.org/index.html.