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Jean Marc Abelard - 'KAZAL' / Framer Framed

27 May –
21 Aug 2022

Exhibition: KAZAL – Narrating Haitian Memories

KAZAL is a photographic project that traces the memories of the dictatorship of François Duvalier in Haiti through the history of Kazal, a village north of Port-au-Prince in Haiti, where a major event in the contemporary history of the country was perpetrated in 1969 and subsequently obliterated from official history: the massacre of Kazal.

KAZAL: Narrating Haitian Memories (2022), Photo Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed

Over the course of three years, six photographers from the Haitian collective Kolektif 2 Dimansyon (K2D) initiated a dialogue with the inhabitants of Kazal to investigate their memories of places and events. They encountered a troubled history which, to this day, has not yet been acknowledged.

Within the project, photography is the main form of narrating memory. At the same time, as testimony of the past, photography can be a source of historical knowledge; it reactivates the memory of a historical fact and invites reflection. This project functions as a basis to explore how photography remains, albeit, a fragmentary, partial, subjective, polysemous testimony.

The works show an interpretation of reality and trauma that can never be completely grasped in the context of Haiti and a post-Duvalier generation. For this presentation of K2D’s KAZAL project, the show features an additional perspective on memory narration from Haitian artist Tessa Mars. Mars explores the transformative strategies for survival, resistance, empowerment and healing that image-making and storytelling propose.

Artists
Kolektif 2 Dimansyon:
Edine Célestin,
Fabienne Douce,
Reginald Louissaint Jr,
Mackenson Saint Felix,
Moïse Pierre,
Georges H. Rouzier,

& Tessa Mars.

Audio recording
Dumas Maçon

Curator
Nicola Lo Calzo


En créole

A l’occasion de la première exposition du projet KAZAL en Europe au Centre d’Art Framer Framed à Amsterdam, FOKAL et le collectif K2D ont pu revisiter les textes publiés dans le livre et produire des versions audio de ces derniers, en créole, pour rendre plus accessible ceux-ci au public haïtien et particulièrement aux habitants de Kazal. Des informations générales sur le projet sont également disponibles dans la publication française de Framer Framed.


Nous avons fait appel à Gaelle Bien-Aimé, Ketsia Vainadine Alphonse et Miracson Saint-Val afin de lire ces textes. N’hésitez pas à partager ces audios avec votre entourage!


Location

Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

Opening times
Tue – Sun, 12:00-18:00
Free Entree


Supported by
Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap; Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst; Stadsdeel Oost; Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète (FOKAL).

 



Photography / Caribbean / Contested Heritage /

Agenda


Book Presentation: Entangled Species, Conversations on Contemporary Art in the Caribbean
By writer and curator Sasha Dees
Memory Past a Surpassing Disaster
Movie screening of 'Amreeka' followed by a panel discussion
Photography Workshop: How to photograph a memory
By KAZAL photographers Georges Rouzier & Reginald Louissaint Jr. members of Kolektif 2 Dimansyon
Opening: KAZAL - Narrating Haitian Memories
With Georges H. Rouzier, Reginald Louissaint Jr., Tessa Mars & Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken

Network


Tessa Mars

Tessa Mars

Visual artist
Edine Célestin

Edine Célestin

Photographer
Fabienne Douce

Fabienne Douce

Photographer
Georges Harry Rouzier

Georges Harry Rouzier

Photographer
Réginald Louissaint Junior

Réginald Louissaint Junior

Photographer
Mackenson Saint-Felix

Mackenson Saint Felix

Photographer
Moïse Pierre

Moïse Pierre

Photographer

Dumas Maçon

Journalist
Nicola Lo Calzo

Nicola Lo Calzo

Curator

Magazine