Creativity is often borne out of struggle, as revealed by the on-going urban projects in Detroit, and the artwork coming out the back of the global Occupy movements. Now the devastated island of Haiti mines its own creative potential with the second Ghetto Biennale: A Salon des Refusés for the 21st century.
It is unlike a typical biennale – wherein artists from several countries install national pavilions in a temporary exhibition space. Instead, global artists are invited by Atis-Rezistans: the Sculptors of Grand Rue (a community of Haitian artists living and working in the downtown, Port-au-Prince neighbourhood) to pass one to three weeks in Haiti, creating artworks with them to present to the local community.
The biennale provides a platform for Haitians with no formal training in the arts to expose their work to, and integrate within, the wider artistic community. The second edition launches today (November 28 2011) and runs until December 18 2011.