During the earthquake that struck Haiti two years ago Thursday, many of the country’s cultural treasures were destroyed. Almost immediately after the devastation, artists began to create new works out of the rubble. The country’s creative recovery continues with two new art exhibitions of post-disaster work.
The media and NGOs have been tracking Haiti’s cultural recovery ever since the earthquake struck in January 2010. Arts Post noted one year ago that Smithsonian workers were restoring historic murals, and foreign service reporter Edward Cody reported on earthquake art and songs from Haiti. The Associated Press also filmed artists at work in Haiti last year:
This year, at Haiti’s “Ghetto Biennial,” Haitian painting and sculpture boast a voodoo theme, a dispatch from the Global Post reports. Some of the work incorporate old tires and keyboards and other found objects. The work of Timoun Klere is comprised of jumbles of steel and wire to resemble human bodies, with Rollerblades for feet. “Those are to remind viewers of the earthquake,” he told writer Donovan Webster.
“Haiti: Kingdom of this World” is an exhibition of Haitian artists currently on display in Miami in the Little Haiti Cultural Center. The artists in the exhibit question the idea that misfortune and chaos are inevitable in Haiti. Curator Giscard Bouchotte says that only creativity is enabling Haitians to rise above their situation, writing, “By showing its artists to the world, Haiti hopes to transform the charity it is being offered in exchange.”