We will be hosting an evening conversation with Haitian artist and co-founder of Atis Rezistans and the Ghetto Biennale, Eugene Andre. There will be a documentary screening and images of Eugene's shown followed by a Q&A moderated by CLACS faculty member Katherine Smith.
Eugene Andre started out as a house builder, but influenced by the creative energy of his neighbourhood he started to learn traditional sculpting in wood. There was always something happening in our neighbourhood with music, many sculptors and Vodou all around. This made me begin the life of an artist. Eugene's work became increasingly influenced by contemporary Haitian artists such as Nasson and then started to collaborate with established Haitian artists, Mario Benjamin and Barbara Prezeau. Eugene fused the fetish effigy with an apocalyptic MTV futuristic vision. Much of his work is figurative using human skulls for heads and imbued with a bold sense of irony, sexuality and humour. It's usually always the bourgeoisie who own the galleries. But I wanted to have a gallery, not only a gallery, but it must be a museum. This is the reason why I have given the name 'E Pluribus Unum' Musee d'Art to my studio and yard.
This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.