The exhibition is part of the organization’s yearlong effort entitled, Lakay se Lakay (Home is Home), to celebrate the legacy of Haiti. BYENVENI, which translates to Welcome in Creole, shines a spotlight on the creative expressions of eleven artists who focus on the theme of lakay and explore Haiti as both a cherished internal sanctuary, preserving cultural traditions and religious practices, as well as an external haven, a space of refuge, familial and communal development, a source of boundless joy, and the cornerstone of sovereignty.
The artists featured in BYENVENI encompass a spectrum of artistic styles, with works spanning from visual documentary to paintings, photography and conceptual approaches. They delve into the concept of lakay transcending geographical boundaries, examining how they serve as sanctuaries for some, yet not for all. Collectively, this body of work pays tribute to the myriad interpretations of what makes a home, family, kinship, and community in the current context of Haitians worldwide.
Image: Exhibition artwork / courtesy of CCCADI