Haiti: History Embedded in Amber was a collaborative project produced at the Hait Lab during the 2010-2011 year. Led by renowned artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, it brought together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and visitors in the process. The work is now on view permanently in the “Garage” at the Franklin Humanities Institute, at Bay 4 of the Smith Warehouse (114 S. Buchanan Blvd). If you are interested in viewing the piece, please write to fhi[at]duke.edu or call (919) 668-7961.
Haiti Amber was made using resin and transparencies to create a stained glass effect. It was designed on the theme of disaster, cultural fragmentation, and the recovery “montage” visible throughout the area affected by the earthquake. Students, faculty, and visitors/friends of the Lab collaborated to select historical materials to be included in the design, and members of the project worked together and individually to design each tile. To learn more about the process, please follow the project website link below or watch this video interview with Lab Directors Laurent Dubois and Deborah Jenson: