The photography exhibition by Myriam J. A. Chancy, “Ayiti Chérie: Signs of Life (2011-2013),” which we recently announced will open on Friday, January 10, 6:00-8:00pm, with special guests: Nigerian drummer Baoku Moses; poet Diane Allerdyce; Haitian singer Wilbert Chancy, and refreshments, courtesy of Fairfield Community Arts Center. “Ayiti Chérie” will be on view from January 11 until February 15, 2014, at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, located at 411 Wessel Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio. [Also see previous post Photography Exhibition: Myriam J. A. Chancy’s “Ayiti Chérie—Signs of Life (2011-2013)”.]
Description: January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti to its core at 4:53 pm, local time, leaving 1.5 million without housing and 300,000 dead. Four years later, efforts at reconstruction continue. These photographs, taken in Port-au-Prince, Léogane, LaGonav, Jacmel, and Santo Domingo, tell a story of post-earthquake Haiti, of the resilience and beauty of its people and land. The show consists of 32 digital photographs printed on aluminum metallic sheets, ranging in size from 8×10 to 16×20. All photographs are for sale and 100% of artist profits will benefit local grassroots Haiti organizations (price ranges are from $40-$160). [All photography sales will be handled by Fairfield Community Arts Center.]
Smith of Soapbox Tees has designed a special T-shirt, based on one of the photographs, sales of which will benefit a grassroots Haitian school in Port-au-Prince. T’s will be available opening night and by special order: http://www.mysoapboxtees.com/. From Soapbox Tees’ Mission Statement: “Our success is a result of our commitment to raising social awareness and fundraising for national and global causes.”
Myriam J. A. Chancy, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is the author of: The Loneliness of Angels (Peepal Tree 2010), winner of the 2011 Guyana Prize Caribbean Award, Best Fiction 2010; The Scorpion’s Claw (Peepal Tree 2005); Spirit of Haiti (Mango 2003), shortlisted, Best First Book Category, Canada/Caribbean region, Commonwealth Prize 2004; Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women (Rutgers 1997); Searching for Safe Spaces: Afro-Caribbean Women Writers in Exile (Temple 1997), Choice OAB Award, 1998; and From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Voices from Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic (WUP 2012). Her photographs have been published/exhibited on book covers, in editorials of the Trinidad & Tobago Review, in Calabash (NYU), and the one-woman show, Third Eye Views: Images of Haiti, Cuba, California & France (Women’s Center, UC-Santa Cruz).
For more information on the exhibition you may call (513) 867-5348.
Photo above: « Red Girl » Port-au-Prince © 2011, MJA Chancy.