Amigoe reports on a new art exhibition of Haitian photography and video at the First Biennale of Caribbean Contemporary Art, Aruba 2011-2012. [Many thanks for Peter Jordens for sending this item and for his translation from the original report in Dutch.]
Since 2000 there has been a development in the visual arts of Haiti and photography in particular. Until then, photography had been dominated by advertising and tourism images and ‘journalistic clichés.’ These are the words of Josué Azor during the opening of the fourth exhibition being held in the context of the First Biennale of Caribbean Contemporary Art, Aruba 2011-2012. The exhibition, titled Ayiti, Miradas Contemporáneas, shows work by six young photographers/video artists from Haiti, including Azor. There are photos, especially of ‘normal’ life, but also of more controversial topics such as poverty and vodun. There are also videos in which such recognizable elements as religion, weathered buildings, freedom fighters and street dogs intertwine. With this exhibition Aruba wishes to pay homage to Haiti, says Roly Sint Jago on behalf of the Biennale. The exhibition, which opened on August 24, 2012, will run for one month at the National Archives of Aruba in Sabana Blanco.
For the original report (in Dutch), go to http://www.amigoe.com/aruba/125254-hedendaags-blik-van-haiti.