HAITI/NOLA: Ties that Bind
Haitian Art Exhibit and Film Premier
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
527 Julia Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contact: Dana Honn
On Thursday, July 4th, 2019 Carmo will launch an exhibit featuring an extensive collection of Haiti art, including paintings, metal sculpture and voudou drapo by renowned artists such as Préfète Duffaut, Levoy Exil, Paul Beauvoir, Christian Dorleus and Jean Sylvestre. The works are part of the Yvonne and Glenn Stokes collection, the largest private collection of Haitian art in North America. All commissions from sales of the works will be directed to Haitian and Haitian American non-profit organizations. The exhibit will continue throughout the month of July and first week of August.
In conjunction with the opening of the art exhibit, Carmo will be hosting the regional US premier of the 2019 film, “Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity & Strength.” The initial showing will take place on Saturday, July 6th at 4 pm. Additional showings will take place on Monday, July 8th at 4pm & 6pm, Wednesday, July 10th and Friday, July 12th at 7pm & 9 pm. Additional showings may be added on an as-needed basis. Admission is free with suggested donations benefitting Kay Tita, a Haitian community non-profit organization.
It'd be difficult to overstate the history and significance of Haitian culture in New Orleans and regional Louisiana. For over 200 years, Haitian art, music, food, religion and cultural customs have been the binding thread in the fabric of New Orleans diverse creative landscape, and those connections will be ever-present in “Ties that Bind.” In these creations by Haitian masters, in the paintings, in sculptures, in the beadwork and tapestries, we witness exotic yet familiar textures and hues which we have come to call our own.
Directed by David Pierre-Louis and Mark Goodnow, the film, “Kenbe Fem: A Haitian Story of Survival, Unity & Strength,” will be shown in a very limited number of small private screenings at Carmo's screening room. “Kenbe Fem” roughly translated to “hold firm” and is a common phrase in Haitian culture. It represents the resilience of the Haitian community and highlights the Haitian spirit after the 2010 earthquake that devastated over 250,000 people and homes. Follow David Pierre-Louis, a Haitian-American, on a son’s journey to find his mother after the earthquake. Immersed in the ruins, he is challenged to fill the gaps left behind by the government & various organizations. This film is raw, powerful, and touches on the pulse of the human will to gather and create hope. Join us on the journey to heal Haiti, through the empowerment of the Haitia
n Diaspora. Observe the formation of partnerships between international communities. Engage as we rebuild his mother’s home into Kay Tita, a thriving community resource center that will provide unprecedented tools for Haiti to become the self-sustained nation they are willed to be.