Who is welcome in Little Haiti? All the world, it would seem. In this conversation, we talk about how the island country of Haiti inspires contemporary art, books and films and why the cultural complexity of immigrant communities has become a creative force in South Florida. Come with us to the heart of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood for a walk about with Carl Juste, a cultural activist, photojournalist and artist whose family comes from Haiti and Cuba.
Haitian-born writer Edwige Danticat introduces Foreigner’s Home, a new film to premiere at the 35th Miami Film Festival. Miami-based curators Marie Vickles, Edouard Duval-Carrié and Tosha Grantham (with family ties to Greece and Africa, Haiti, Asia and America, respectively) talk about connecting cultural history to contemporary art in exhibitions at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex and share what sparked Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom, the traveling exhibition that recently premiered in Miami. Cuban-born Lissette Mendez and Carl Juste share some of the stories behind the collective exhibition and book project Havana, Haiti and the annual Little Haiti Book Festival.
Sound Editor: Anamnesis Audio | Foreigner’s Home audio track and photograph Courtesy 35th Miami Film Festival | Performance audio courtesy Nina Angela Mercer | Other Photographs courtesy staff, guests, Little Haiti Cultural Complex