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Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Big night in Little Haiti

Times like this, I know I am far away from Amenia!
Some locals in a Konpa band played in the plaza between gallery and studio and had us stomping and clapping before a second band- with Jowee Omicil, jazz musician and celebrated Haitian star, had the crowd screaming with delight. At one point, he jumped off the stage and into the
crowd to be smothered by gyrating women trying to get their pictures taken as he played the saxophone in their ears.

Michael and I stumbled upon this magical and FREE Miami night of music and art in a local neighborhood.
We had heard about the Global Carribean gallery during the Art Basel festivities and were very pleased with the quality and intensity of the exhibition that curator Giscard Bouchotte has put together. My favorite works were the mud cakes on display at the entry. They are like the ones that were for sale right after the earthquake. Having no nutritional value, they are eaten by poor Haitians to stave off hunger.
Behind the stage we were blessed with a visit to the studio of Edouard Duval-Carrie! What an amazing den. I loved everything I saw and can't wait to see more of his work.

Me standing behind the assembled scavenged material sculptures by Andre Eugene, of the Atis Rezistans Collective in Port-au-Prince.

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