Haiti Cultural Exchange celebrates Haitian culture through photography

Kori Tuitt | 8/15/2013, 10:44 a.m. | Updated on 8/15/2013, 10:44 a.m.
The public is invited to a celebration of Haitian culture at the “Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus” photo ...
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The public is invited to a celebration of Haitian culture at the “Haitians from the Diaspora: Creativity & Focus” photo exhibit, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Haiti Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit organization, is putting on the exhibit at Five Myles Gallery, located at 558 St. Johns Place in Brooklyn, as part of its mission to promote the Haitian culture.

“The diaspora is present,” said Règine M. Roumain, executive director of the organization and curator of the exhibit. “Haitians are creating and contributing to the fabric of our community in a myriad of ways.”

The work of four photographers—Michaëlle Chapoteau, Marie-Jeanne Fethière, Jean Marcelin and Richard Louissaint—will be showcased. Each photographer will have five photos on display.

Louissaint was a teaching artist with Haiti Cultural Exchange and said it felt good to be a part of the exhibit, especially because he feels attached to his photos that were chosen. He said that it is a way for him to connect with other emerging artists like himself, which the organization also strives to expose.

“I feel like there’s not that much work from people that are from Haitian decent that gets that much coverage in general,” Louissaint said. “[Haiti Cultural Exchange] make an effort to expose people to all aspects of Haitian culture.”

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., with a closing reception on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The exhibit will be open Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.haiticulturalx.org or email Roumain at regine@haiticulturalx.org.