In April 2010, the Embassy of Haiti sent out a call for artistic contributions “to celebrate the vivacity of Haiti’s artistic creation” and “to express solidarity among Haitians.” Aiming to honor the spirit of the Haitian people as resourceful, hopeful, and determined, the Embassy collected works under the theme, “Strength and Hope in Unity,” to show “the need for all of us to join hands in rebuilding our country.” The opening night will take place on July 9, 2010, from 6:30-9:30pm. The exhibition will be on view until August 6. The embassy is located at 2311 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
The Embassy of Haiti received many beautiful submissions and expressions of support from Haitian artists from all over the world, particularly from Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. Those artists expressed commitment and solidarity with Haitians through their artwork donated to the Embassy.
A panel composed of Fabian Goncalves, from the Museum of the Americas; Fritz Racine, from the Haitian Art Society; Marcel Wah, from Kylti; and Stéphane C. Rosenberg, from the Embassy of Haiti, reviewed the submissions. Five pieces were selected to be permanently exhibited at the Embassy: “Requiem for Haiti” (Chantal Béthel), “Ti-sage” (Léonel Jules), “Rasanbleman” (Eddy Tintin), “Haïti de Demain” (Alexandra Amazan). Five other pieces were selected for the exhibition.
Stéphane C. Rosenberg, Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Haiti, writes that local performing artists have responded to an invitation and will donate their talent to broaden the opening of the exhibit as a full cultural evening. The event will present artists such as Kathleen Fernandez, acclaimed actor; Jean-Luc Princivil, acclaimed counter-tenor; Adèle Lynch, pianist; Jean-André Constant, poet; Indigo Blue, harpist; Clément Garçon, drummer; and Gladys Longchamps, writer.
Representing the Embassy of Haiti, Rosenberg expresses deep gratitude to all the artists who have responded to this call and who join the embassy in expressing a commitment to a brighter future for Haiti as well as to the Art Museum of the Americas, Kylti, the Haitian Art Society, and the Haiti Renewal Alliance.
For more information on the Embassy of Haiti, see http://www.haiti.org/
Shown above: Detail from the late Wilson Bigaud’s “Cérémonie.” For more information on this artist, see previous post Wilson Bigaud has died.