How often now do you think about the January 12 earthquake that took a quarter of a million Haitian lives and left behind a physically ravaged nation? When was the last time you wondered what's happening in Haiti? What more you might do?
This island nation's story is far from over. It continues in the daily effort to avoid infection with disease, to find food, to deal with lawlessness, to cope with homelessness, to be a child who's lost a limb, to find enough hope in the face of so much destruction.
What remains remarkable is the determined spirit with which the Haitians carry on.
That spirit is captured in the photographs of award-winning National Geographic photographer Maggie Steber, who has been covering Haiti for more than 20 years, and in the artworks of more than 30 Haitian artists that will go on view this Friday, June 25, at The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm, in Washington, D.C.
In "Through Their Eyes: Haitian Artists' Visions of Home", we get a chance to see Haiti post-earthquake: in Steber's beautiful photojournalism, in traditional hand-sequined Vodou flags created by Haiti's artisans, in the more than 100 photographs and handcrafts produced by Haitian children seeking through art a path to healing.
All of the exhibition's artworks and handcrafts, provided by The American Visionary Art Museum, Zanmi Lakay, and Art Creation Foundation for Children, will be available for purchase, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Haiti relief.
The exhibition's opening reception on June 25 is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 1632 U Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.; telephone 202-483-8600. The show continues through August 7. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and by appointment.
Image above at left: Man Doing a Handstand by the River, 2010, by Cheldine Bazile, age 15, Jacmel, Haiti
Photo essays and personal reflections by Steber:
✭ "Essay: No End of Trouble. Ever." in The New York Times, January 13, 2010
✭ "Essay: A Culture in Jeopardy, Too" in The New York Times, January 21, 2010
✭ "A Second Death in a Haitian Cemetery" in The New York Times, May 18, 2010
Roger Bergman, "Maggie Steber: Artist in Haiti Between Heaven and Hell", Center for the Study of Religion and Society (Fall 1994)
Do1Thing for Haiti:
Photojournalist Maggie Steber speaks about the power of images from Chuck Fadely on Vimeo.