The impulse to create began with surrender to sound. I wanted to be a singer at a young age in Haiti. Migration spun the quest for song into rock star dreams, poetry and a doctoral degree in anthropology. Today, as an interdisciplinary artist and educator, the work I do seeks to confront the visceral too often absent in structural analyses. Using a multitude of forms, I explore the borders and spaces between ethnography and performance, unmasking our fierce urgency to identify, name, and reckon with the power and vulnerability in unprocessed horrors of colonialism and empire.
Playing with recycled ethnographic collectibles, my projects mix the tangible with the intangible. I remix archived histories, statistics and theories often with Vodou chants, and sacred objects. The aesthetics in my feminist praxis stem from an organic approach to rasanblaj that is fueled by ancestral, freedom, and love imperatives. Ultimately, my aim is to access/face our collective dehumanization to recreate a fully integrated being without leaving the body behind. I remain inspired for my wish is to make some contribution to a more just world.
Current works include BlackLiberationMashUp – a meditation on Black diasporic literatures from the 19th century to the present, as well as Rasanblaj Manifesto a book on intersections of art, anthropology and activism.