Rebuilding Haiti: an artist duty

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I came back to my house, my life is there. I am alive. My heart still beats and I feel the sun when it is warm. I prefer to live there. I did not feel so comfortable. It is true because there is more wall anymore. it is just a simple curtain, but by the way it is still a way of living.”  The artist Sevenson Joseph in Jacmel, a southern city in Haiti, uttered these words six months after an earthquake hit his country.

January 12, 2010, the earthquake caused the death of about 230,000 people in Haiti and left millions homeless in Port-au-Prince the capital and several provincial towns. Jacmel, a town south of Port-au-Prince famous for its cultural life and its carnival, was severely damaged. Flo McGarrell, the american born artistic director of the gallery and non-profit organization FOSAJ died. Half of the painters and artisans lost their home in Jacmel. The destruction of the hotels and the impoverishment of large sections of the population have deprived artists of their wages, income and arts promoting places.

In June 2010, a part of Jacmel was still buried under the rubbles of buildings. Six months after the catastroph, some of the artists still lived in tents or in their house cracked. Nightmarish, the victims condition was made even more precarious with the rainy seasons and the hurricanes. Despite the disaster, the artists have not given to develop their art and commit to offer educative art activities to the often traumatized children of Jacmel. Since January 12, 2010 they continue to help their community.

A story created in June 2010.

If you are interested in the paintings created by the young artist Sevenson Joseph and help him to promote himself you can email him.