Fenèt sou Ayiti/Fenêtre sur Haïti/Window on Haiti presents the inexhaustible creative spirit of the Haitian people. These works in oil, acrylic, sequins, hair, cloth, paper, and resin communicate political turmoil, social unrest or the joys of everyday life in Haiti. The works articulate and interweave aspects of Christianity and Vodou beliefs, a reflection of religions brought to Haiti by slaves, missionaries, and colonizers. Houngan, la Sirène, Agowé, Baron Samedi, lwas or spirits—frightening or comforting—pervade the exhibition.
Fenèt sou Ayiti is a bilingual project of FIU’s advanced French conversation class (spring 2021), which ties French language acquisition to the culture of a francophone country. The rich collection of Haitian art at the Frost Art Museum provided the class with the opportunity to explore the works of several Haitian artists, who created their art in the last 40-50 years. The class selected 25 works; seventeen students conducted research and wrote bi-lingual labels.
This exhibition provides not only a fenèt on the beautiful island of Haiti but the deep connection between language and visual art that communicate cultural ideas.
May this exhibition be accepted as serving the spirits!
This exhibition was organized with the help of the following professor and students: Dr. María Antonieta García, Aryanne Adhiya, Mario Boulos, Kiara Dominguez, Yoandry Enriquez Silva, Frantz Sion Felix, Glenda Flores, Samantha Holder, Fritznie Joseph, Anibal Legros, Samantha Leon, Alexandra Miranda Castellon, Eddie Mora, Julianne Morales Perez, Carine Padilla, Stephanie Silencieux, Patrick Sullivan, and Robert Vazquez.
With additional contributions by: Sofia Soto, Julianne Morales, Arlett Umpierres, Frantz Felix, Lyne Jean, Samantha Holder, Nicole Sidron, Kiara Dominguez, and Carine Padilla.
Banner image: Roland St. Hubert, Haitian, b.1951, Untitled, oil on canvas, 1989, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cavaliere, FIU 95.10.04 / Roland St. Hubert, Haïtien, né 1951, Sans titre, huile sur toile, 1989, don de M. et Mme Joseph Cavaliere, FIU 95.10.04