The Miami neighborhood known as Little Haiti is the cultural heart for the Haitian Diaspora. The area boasts art galleries, Haitian book and music stores and the Little Haiti Cultural Center, which hosts dance and theater performances and is increasingly becoming a burgeoning center of small independent businesses.
This lavish ballet choreographed, composed and designed by Geoffrey Holder depicts real and imagined events in the life of the renowned Haitian painter, Hector Hyppolite. The goddess Erzulie and St. John the Baptist appear to the central character in a vision, inspiring his vivid, exotic illustrations of the African gods and goddesses that populate Holder's mystical theater and dance drama.
Grand Rue is the main avenue that runs through downtown Port au Prince, Haiti. At its southern end is a community that has a historical tradition of arts, crafts and religious practice. Contemporary Haitian artists Celeur, Eugène, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in this ghetto atmosphere of junkyard make-do and artistic endeavour. Their powerful sculptural collages of have transformed the detritus of a failing economy into bold, radical and warped sculptures. Their work references their shared African & Haitian cultural heritage, a dystopian sci-fi view of the future and the transformative act of assemblage. The monumental works they have created are liberally scattered around this slum area, transforming the clamorous area into an organic art installation. This multi-layered film is a portrait of a neighbourhood both materially poor but culturally rich, and a meditation of the links between sex, death and creativity as expressed through the Vodou spirit Gede, that influences all their work. (2008)
This film was made in 2008 when all the artists were part of Atis Rezistans but currently only Andre Eugene and Claude Saintilus remain in the group and Guydo and Celeur Jean-Herard are independent of the goup.
2009 April:: Puerto Rico Ethnographic Film Festival (prize winner), San Juan
2009 May:: World Nomads Film Festival, Maysles Institute, Harlem NY
2009 June:: Mercredis, Musee de l'Homme, Paris
2012 Sept:: In Extremis, Fowler Museum, UCLA, USA
2012:: Kafou: Haiti, Art & Vodou, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
2012:: Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Amy Théard is a Haitian-born artist, based in New York. She is also the daughter of the late Haitian artist Carol Théard. During a year long stay in her native country of Haiti, Amy discovered her passion for art. Her work is a mixture of Haitian style with a contemporary modern flare.