Over the line: Haitian and Dominican artists team up for new exhibit

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Call them artists without borders.

More than a dozen Dominican and Haitian artists will come together to showcase artwork depicting the relationship between the two neighboring Caribbean countries. At the exhibit “Bordering the Imaginary,” opening at Bric House on March 14, artists from both countries will explore the history of the island they share. The show was inspired by a controversial 2013 ruling that stripped Dominican citizenship from children of Haitian descent, and the ignorance that its curator saw displayed at panels and protests about the ruling.

“I started going to events about it but it upset me all the time,” Abigail Lapin Dardashti, a Dominican-American woman raised in France. “I felt that there was a lack of education on the history of the island and the history of exchange on island, because most of these events just ended in arguments, there was a lot of contention, extremes, and emotions of course.”

As a scholar in Latin American art, she wanted to bring a different perspective to the conversation, and she came up with the exhibit as a way to get artists of both nationalities to work together.

“This exhibit’s [purpose] is to propagate and imagine communities, and it’s Dominican artists and Haitian artists who come together, and trying to find ways that highlight that creativity,” said Lapin Dardashti.

The exhibit features 40 pieces from 19 artists, and is split into three sections. The first examines the history of the island, the second looks at the border area between the two nations, and the last is a joint multimedia project by Dominican-American artist Scherezade Garcia and Haitian-American artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier. Their section, titled “Memories of a Utopian Island and the Future,” features an animated video and an installation exploring resistance and race.

On March 17, both artists will join a panel discussion about the island’s shared history in art. The countries have much in commmon, said Garcia.

“The more and more we engage in this conversation of Hispaniola we realize we’re not different,” she said. “And it’s not about making us one country — it’s beyond politics, it’s about the history that unites us, and they can fight all we want but we are intertwined.”

“Bordering the Imaginary” at Bric House [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Places in Fort Greene, (718) 855–7882,]. Opening reception March 14 at 7 pm, on display through April 29. “Coffee and Conversation” March 17 at noon. Free.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at
Posted 12:00 am, March 12, 2018
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jennifer santini from Williamsburg says:
Liberals can do as they please,thankfully nobody will notice this "event",and I doubt she's actually of dominican descent,that name is weird,no ignorance here,maybe another Rachel dolezal? Perhaps lol. NO LIBERAL PROPAGANDA WILL MAKE US ONE,we're different in language,music which kompa is derived from merengue,food,we hate spicy food and looks because we obviously can't tell the difference,I'm sure. Take it however you like.
March 13, 12:58 pm
brick from your hood says:
jennifer santini from Williamsburg,
"Take it however you like". I take it you're a racist idiot, go crawl back into your toilet.
March 14, 11:44 am

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