Note: This series was created in collaboration with Rodolph Lapointe, Peterson Baptiste, and Moise Saintime.
I first traveled to Port-au-Prince six months after the massive 2010 earthquake and was alarmed to witness the countless buildings that lay ripped open at the seams. When I returned to Haiti again - one year after the earthquake - most of the rubble was untouched.
The buildings that remained standing were painted in bright colors, exuberant color is a hallmark of Haitian visual culture. But the rubble blighted the city with ominous gray a physical reminder of the immense human suffering and enormous loss caused by the goudou-goudou (the Haitian neologism for the tremblor).
Along with a team of Haitian collaborators we sought a way to respond to this tragedy. We decided to embellish some concrete ruins with paint. We saw this graffiti as a way of honoring the fallen buildings – and the people that they once housed – with one last moment of hued radiance. Our intent was akin to laying flowers on these unmarked graves.
These pieces were temporary; our hope was for the color to also serve as a sliver of hope, a re-imagining the future of this city, when colored buildings will one day line the streets and the vibrant culture will again flourish and thrive.
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