On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in January 2010, this collaborative exhibition organised by MoCADA and CCCADI offered contemporary work by artists who are examining the spirituality, aesthetics, and re-construction of Haiti. Through an open call, visual, performing and literary artists – as well as musicians and filmmakers – were invited to submit work that is centered on a conceptual rethinking of the cosmological and socio-political conditions in Haiti at the present moment. Over twenty artists were selected to participate in Reimagining Haiti featuring works in painting, photography, video, installation, illustration and mixed media.
The exhibition will be on view at Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) from January 13th to May 8th, 2011 and at Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) from January 20th to May 8th, 2011. Jabari Owens-Bailey sat down with co-curator Shante Cozier to interview her regarding the Exhibition and explore her take on the process of creating such an important and transformative exhibition.
S: Shante Cozier
J: Jabari Owens-Bailey
J: Why is Reimagining Haiti an important exhibition?
S: The exhibition is very important because it marks a year after the earthquake. The first part of the exhibition opened on the 13th of January at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and the second part on the 20th at MoCADA. The idea of Re-imagining Haiti is important for us because it is one exhibition conceptualized differently in two spaces, and we are dealing with the idea of re-conceptualizing a nation through artwork.
J: You briefly touched on this, but what is the significance of the dual platform of the exhibition in being at two locations?
Contributed by: Jabari Owens-Bailey