‘Haiti 2012: Dreams and Reality’ celebrates country’s culture

Castera Bazile (Haitian, 1923–1966) Preparing Hides for Tanning and Coloring, 1952 (Courtesy Milwaukee Art Museum)

UWM is co-sponsoring “Haiti 2012: Dreams and Reality,” a celebration of contemporary Haitian art, cinema and literature that will focus on the vibrancy of Haitian cultural production in the 21st century. Held the week of March 5-9, events are scheduled at various sites in Milwaukee and Chicago that are related to the conference sponsors.

Presenters at the sessions include six prominent, award-winning Haitian filmmakers, artists, writers and journalists living in Haiti or in exile.

UWM is the venue for the final program on March 9, a roundtable discussion of Haitian literary history and presentations by three Haitian authors. Sponsored by UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, the presentation will be held in room 175 of Curtin Hall, 3243 N. Downer Ave.

“Haiti 2012: Dreams and Reality” also brings Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Haitian poet and novelist, to UWM Feb. 29-March 9 as an artist-in-residence. Dalembert speaks at the roundtable event, as author of “Noires blessures” (“Black Wounds”), 2011.

According to organizers, Milwaukee was chosen to host this event to highlight the exceptional Haitian art collection at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Concurrently with the conference, the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., River Hills, is presenting “Haiti and the Midwestern Imagination,” an exhibition of work by Orville Bulman (1904-1978), a Midwestern businessman and largely self-taught painter whose work was influenced by his exposure to Haiti in the 1950s. The exhibition runs March 7-May.

For details, visit: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/haiti2012. Events are free (except for museum entrance fees) and open to the public. Other conference sponsors and partners are L’Institut Français à Paris, Les Services Culturels du Consulat Général de France à Chicago et à New York., Marquette University, Milwaukee Art Museum, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Alliance Française de Milwaukee et de Chicago, David Barnett Gallery, and Milwaukee Peace Corps Association.

Louis-Philippe DalembertLouis-Philippe Dalembert

Dalembert spent his childhood in Port-au-Prince and studied journalism there before leaving for France, where he obtained his Ph.D. He has since traveled and lived around the world. As recipient of the Artists in Berlin Programme, he also was writer-in-residence at Mishkenot Sha’anamin, Jerusalem (1997) and resident at the Villa Médicis, Rome (1994-95). A journalist, poet, novelist and short-story writer, he publishes in French and Kreyol. He is the recipient of a number of literary prizes, including the Prix RFO for “L’Autre face de la mer” (1999) and the Prix Casa de las Americas for “Les Dieux voyagent la nuit” (2008).