“Diaspora Expressions Expo”
A Post-modern Haitian Art Exhibit Designed to Unveil the Hidden Talents of Artists in the Diaspora Community
August 5, 2019 to December 30, 2019
About the Initiative
Officially scheduled to launch on August 2, 2019, the Diaspora Expression Expo is part of the Embassy’s larger public diplomacy initiative called Art Diplomacy. The Expo is a unique effort of the Embassy to (i) highlight the beauty and richness of the Haitian culture through its art (ii) connect with the Haitian Diaspora in the United States, and (iii) open its doors to the community at large to (re) experience Haiti through different lenses. Each piece is inspired by a captivating story of how they perceive Haiti through their own lenses, creating a collection of personal stories to tell the larger narrative of Haiti.
The Art Diplomacy series is one of the first of many initiatives created by Ambassador Hervé H. Denis/ Chargé d’Affaires to highlight the contribution of members of the Diaspora community in the promotion and advancement of the country. It is a platform to integrate them in the Haiti conversation. The journey began with a call for contribution circulated through the Embassy’s communications platforms and shared with the public. Shortly thereafter, the Embassy experienced an overwhelming response from members of the community. The Embassy and the public are equally excited about this new initiative and we invite you to join us in celebrating the ingenuity of the Diaspora by visiting the exhibit.
The exhibit will be open to the public from August 5, 2019 to December 30, 2019 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To schedule a tour outside of the visiting hours, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Embassy would like to extend a special thank you to author, art historian, critic and curator Mr. Gerald Alexis for his many contributions in the selection process, and Haitian-American artist and American University adjunct professor, Mr. Charles Jean-Pierre, for his assistance in co-curating the “Diaspora Expressions Expo”.
“The Diaspora Expressions Expo captures a distinct beauty and emotional power that emanates from Haiti. It was our goal to capture the unrivaled expression of Haitian creative skill and imagination. We selected nearly 50 diverse works of art from over 30 Haitian fine artist. The contrasting art spans from photography to collage to assemblage. The vibrant paintings range from portraiture and daily life to nature, figuration, and abstraction. This unique exhibition boast conceptual, afro-futuristic and abstract works from Boston, Miami, New York, Chicago, Washington, Montreal, and London to name a few.” – Charles Jean-Pierre, M.A.