In this class we’ll work with renowned Haitian artist Edouard Duval‐Carrié as we explore the visual representations of Haiti. We’ll examine how the country has viewed both by outsiders and by Haitians themselves, examining to understand how visual culture has intersected with political, cultural, and religious life in Haiti. To better understand the art of Haiti – including paintings, photography, and film – we’ll study the political and economic history, study the impact of both Vodou and Christianity on the country’s culture, and read poetry and fiction. Students will do independent research projects and have the opportunity to participate in the conceptualization of an exhibit on the history of Haitian photography (being curated by Duval-Carrie at the Fort Lauderdale Museum). The class is open both undergraduate and graduate students and will meet in the Haiti Laboratory at the Smith Warehouse.
Current and Past Student Projects