Benefit party for the project “A BOOK ABOUT” for the 2nd ghetto BIENNALE, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12TH
Admission: 5€ soli
Rroxymore (Paris/Berlin/Port of Spain)
Infinite Livez (Big Dada / London)
Lola Amorez (Mosh Mosh/Berlin)
And very special guests…
WHITE ZOMBIE by Victor Halperin 1932, with Bela Lugosi:
First full feature lengh zombie film, Bela Lugusi as evil voodoo master,
operating his sugar mill in Haiti entirely by zombies…
ATIS-REZISTANS / The Sculptors of Grand Rue by Leah Gordon:
Documentary about the artist community.
The artists Celeur and Eugène both grew up in this atmosphere of junkyard make-do, survivalist recycling and artistic endeavour. Their powerful sculptural collages of engine manifolds, TV sets, wheel hubcaps and discarded lumber have transformed the detritus of a failing economy into bold, radical and warped sculptures. Their work references their shared African & Haitian cultural heritage, a dystopian sci-fi view of the future and the positive transformative act of assemblage.
more films and books on Haiti…
DIY-Voodoo and Dr. Brain’s infamous simultaneous battle of Chess vs.
All benefits will be used to purchase materials for the production of “A BOOK ABOUT”. Materials not used for the project will be donated to the local community in Port-au-Price at the end of the Ghetto BIENNALE.
Some dusty object on your desk could be useful (paintbrush, scissors, etc…), feel free to give it to us…
About the Ghetto BIENNALE:
The Grand Rue Sculptors are a community of artists living in a down town popular neighbourhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In December 2009 the ‘Sculptors of Grand Rue’ hosted the 1st Ghetto Biennale 2009. Over forty artists, film-makers, academics, photographers, musicians, architects and writers came to the Grand Rue area of Port-Au-Prince to make or witness work, that was shown or happened in the neighbourhood.
The 2nd Ghetto Biennale 2011 will take place from the end of November until the middle of December 2011. All works are made and exhibited in Haiti.
Artists are invited to pass one to three weeks in Haiti before presenting their work in the neighbourhood to an audience of local people, Port au Prince neighbourhood communities, arts collectives and arts organisations.
The 2nd Ghetto Biennale is co-curated by Andre Eugene, Celeur Jean Herard and Leah Gordon.
About the project “A BOOK ABOUT”:
“A Book About” is a participatory, community-based art project which invites local artists, inhabitants and the kids of the Grand Rue neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, encouraging participants to express and collect personal views and every-day life experiences in individually crafted artist’s books.
This generated archive of (non-literate) knowledge will be exhibited in a custom designed temporary library.
Books or libraries in regions with a low literacy rate, like Haiti, may not be a part of many inhabitants’ everyday lives, and therefore may be considered as something only accessible to the elite. The concept of the artist’s book describes a book intended as a work of art in itself in which there is no priority of (written) text over images. “A Book About” archives knowledge in a format, which also functions as a medium of educational
transmission, but does not necessarily require literacy in the traditional sense. Generating an emancipatory language of images through artistic articulation is an experimental approach to provide access to non-institutional education.
The importance of documenting and archiving thoughts, memories and identities in this area has become extremely evident after the earthquake in 2010, when many lost trace of everything they had and knew, even other people. The books may become a translation of information, knowledge and culture.