Heimat Haiti Forward & Beyond

It's late October and I am scrambling on the final stretches of the new works to be presented at the Grand Palais in November 2014. <a href="http://www.grandpalais.fr/en/event/haiti">Haïti. Deux siècles de création artistique</a>  ( HAITI Two Centuries of Artistic Creation 1828-2014)  Opening 18 November 2014 until 15 February 2015 . Here is a<a href="http://lenouvelliste.com/lenouvelliste/article/135986/Haiti-a-lhonneur-au-Grand-Palais.html"> LeNouvelliste</a> article recently sent to me from Mr.Désert Sr.

I have just completed 6 nights of a <em>Kunstaktion</em> (art-action) in Berlin-Kreuzberg at <em>Vierte Welt</em> and alternative theater space in a program entitled "<em>Fortschritt Karibik</em>" where there was an evening which included a watching of Raoul Peck's film "Assistance Mortelle" regarding the NGO invasion of Haiti.
Images from the Art-Action may be seen at <a href="http://ctp-berlin.com/de/ctp-3.3.1-kunst-create-carribean-community-and-diaspora">www.ctp-berlin.com/de/ctp-3.3.1-kunst-create-carribean-community-and-diaspora</a>

For a long while now I have wanted to make a post regarding Haiti and "Nostalgia"- 
But this will emerge in drips and drabs because the "moment NOW" is so much more rich and full of potential for the future. Though i have had nothing to do with their work, their smarts, their hard-work, I am none the less moved that we share dna and try as we do in our own individual ways to be an inspiration and leave a small legacy of affirmative and provocative "actions" within the Haitian community(ies), its diaspora and beyond.

Splendid work by Haitians such as Emeline Désert (see below) <em>Brief Interview of Emeline Désert</em> <a href="http://youtu.be/sD6dgWtx0hg">http://youtu.be/sD6dgWtx0hg</a>

And inspirational monologues to all Haitians from Carolyn Désert (see below) <em>New Miss Haiti 2014 Carolyn Desert</em> <a href="http://youtu.be/SZmxQPHO924">http://youtu.be/SZmxQPHO924</a>
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Here are <a href="http://artdream.tumblr.com/post/74002734133/1960-miss-haiti-contestants">Miss Haiti contestants</a> from 1960 

And I still love the fact that Alex Désert (see below) is such a sweetheart with Kids

But Alex is still the mad hipster (see below) with a <em>velvet voice</em> in Pop culture in <strong>HEPCAT</strong> and now <strong>The Lions</strong> -<em> Sweet Soul Music</em> 

A contemporary of  Jean-Jean Désert  FRANCOIS BENOIT (see below) has impressed me tremendously with his hydroponic farm <a href="http://youtu.be/6can_oFUZzs">http://youtu.be/6can_oFUZzs</a>

I had missed the opportunity to meet the filmmaker RAOUL PECK (see 20min  interview below) when he came through Berlinfor the premiere of his film Assistance Mortelle during the Berlinale2013  <a href="http://youtu.be/T4Yj2pxdqtY">http://youtu.be/T4Yj2pxdqtY</a>