Ghetto Biennale 2009, Port-au-Prince


Call For Proposals: 15 July 2009

The Grand Rue Sculptors are a community of artists living in a downtown slum neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This is the newest art community to have emerged in the last ten years. Their work has opened entirely new vistas into the creative possibilities of the Vodou-inspired arts of Haiti. Their muscular sculptural collages of engine manifolds, computer entrails, TV sets, medical debris, skulls and discarded lumber transforms the detritus of a failing economy into deranged, post-apocalyptic totems.

Forging a successful arts career is difficult for a downtown Haitian. Refused US entry visas, the Grand Rue sculptors were excluded from a private view of their work in a major museum in Miami. A lack of government support makes them economically excluded from all major biennales. The artists have responded by hosting the Ghetto Biennale, the first arts festival located in a shantytown in the [re]developing world.

The event will explore what happens when artists from radically different backgrounds come together. When "first world" art objectives encounter "third world" artistic reality, and when Western artists try to make art in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haitian artist, André Eugène says, "the Ghetto Biennale represents positive change in my area and gives us the chance to show another face of life in the ghettos of Port-au-Prince. I think we have much to offer and much to learn."

More info: ghetto BIENNALE 2009 Web site
And, check out: the Grand Rue Sculptors' Web site
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