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A Haitian Artist’s Resilience

Sculptor Andre Eugene is profiled in a piece for NPR. Despite the recent earthquake, Eugene finds that the natural disaster has provided inspiration rather than desperation for himself, his art, and his native Haiti.

In this video, I was drawn not only to Eugene’s surreal sculptures (which remind me of an otherworldly village I once visited in Wisconsin, created by a genius artist named Dr. Evermor) but to the photography by David Gilkey. Gilkey allows shadow to contrast with light in these images of Eugene at home in Haiti.

The sculptor does not see tragedy in Haiti’s situation. “Look at my art and look at Haitians,” he told Gilkey in May. “Look at my art and look at resistance, look at resilience.”

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Taking Pat Robertson to Task

Yesterday, Congressman Alan Grayson commented on the troubling remarks by Pat Robertson on Haiti’s “Pact with the Devil.” Ridiculous nonsense from Robertson, of course, but it’s good to hear Grayson revisit Robertson’s misguided remarks, his run for the presidency in 1988 and his impact on the formation of the Conservative Christian sector of the Republican party.

I find it extremely troubling to hear Robertson (and others’) uneducated foment against the people of Haiti as well as calls for regulating international aid to the country.

Listening to “On Point” this morning, Robertson’s hateful remarks were echoed by a conservative caller who hoped the donations to Haiti would be accompanied by strings: namely, more jobs for Americans in the stricken country. Thankfully, Tom Ashbrook replied that these jobs–engineers and the like–might just as well be served by Haitians themselves. It confounds me how people might be critical of aid to Haiti when more than 150,000 were killed. American exceptionalism has no bounds.

Grayson himself is a Democrat from Florida. A much needed, progressive viewpoint in the ordinarily conservative mess of the Sunshine State.

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» "Dandy," Post Road, Spring 2015
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» "The Rice Bowl," Memorious, March 2005
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» "Deaf Mute," Growing Up Filipino (Philippine American Literary House, April 2003)
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» "Squatters," Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian Am. Writers' Workshop, 2001)
» "Deaf Mute," The North American Review, Jan 2001
» "The First Lady of Our Filipino Nation," The Boston Phoenix, 1999
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