This story is for those whose identity falls on a blurry line, for diaspora children who are stuck between two cultures, and are learning they don’t have to pick one.
Haiti To Hood examines the social dynamics within Haitian-American identity. Daveed Baptiste constructs sets of intimate living spaces out of material elements that reference Haitian livelihood. He sources inspiration from his upbringing in America, his immigration to this land, and the resilience and innovation of the Haitian communities he grew up in. Daveed constructs these home environments by digitally rendering his own patterns to screen print onto various fabrics to make curtains, sheets, and artworks which hang within the built environments. The common home in his images is composed of objects and surfaces, which at times symbolize financial status, choice, and personality. The way they are positioned, styled, aged, and lived on, narrate the dual identity of the objects and the people within the home.
Featuring: Daveed Baptiste
Curated by: Régine M. Roumain and Emily Schiffer
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daveed Baptiste is a multidisciplinary maker working in fashion design, photography, and textiles. His migration from Haiti to America inspires all of his work. As an immigrant and queer person, his work examines the multidimensional identities of the Caribbean diaspora living in the United States. Through collaborative projects and various mediums, his work aims to decolonize notions of race, gender, and class within the Haitian community and greater Caribbean diaspora.
He is a recent Parsons graduate with a BFA in Fashion Design. His photographs have been published in The New Yorker and VOGUE, and he has exhibited at Red Hook Labs and Aperture. He is a 2020 Lakou NOU Resident at the Haiti Cultural Exchange.
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present, and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. We raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education, and public affairs.
Our programs and services support emerging and established artists, promote cross-cultural exchanges, preserve our cultural heritage, and encourage dialogue around contemporary social issues. During the past decade, HCX has worked with dozens of partners to present Haitian art and artists to the Haitian Diaspora and broader audiences through exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, multidisciplinary festivals, artist talks, and educational programs.
We have fostered artistic exchanges between Haiti and the U.S., bringing Haitian and Diaspora artists together in main-stage and community venues. HCX has presented about 450 artists to approximately 5,000 audience members each year.
EDUCATION DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
The artist constructs the sets for his photograph using materials that reference his cultural upbringing. Can you tell the photographs were created on a constructed set? Why or why not?
Describe the materials (objects, patterns, colors) that you see in the images.
What elements are exaggerated in the images, and why do you think the artist chose to do so?
If you were creating a set based on your cultural upbringing, what materials (objects, patterns, colors) would you incorporate?