Haiti's image explored in photo exhibit at Florida museum

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Posted: Jun 29, 2015 10:20 AM
Haiti's image explored in photo exhibit at Florida museum

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new exhibit at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale explores the tension between Haiti's image abroad and the work of Haitians turning the cameras on themselves.

The exhibit "From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography" includes 350 images compiled from 19th century family photos, albums collected by American troops that occupied Haiti, photojournalism by both Haitians and Haitian-Americans, and fine-art images by artists of Haitian descent worldwide.

Curator Edouard Duval-Carrie says the exhibit is rooted in many Haitians' suspicion of cameras and the way their country is portrayed in mainstream media. He says he wanted to do a show that would "humanize and complicate the vision of Haiti."

The exhibit fills in Haiti's history between Haiti's independence in 1804 and news images since the 1980s.