Fall 2016 Fellow
Fellow: Clarivel Ruiz
Project: Dominicans Love Haitians Movement

ABOUT DOMINICANS LOVE HAITIANS MOVEMENT

Dominicans Love Haitians Movement is celebrating the beauty of commonalities through an enterprise of artists eradicating historical racial schemas to forge a future free from tyranny.

Dominicans Love Haitians Movement is bringing a collective of artists utilizing performance and storytelling to reflect and reconcile with over 500 years of Eurocentrism. The artists are focusing on exhuming mythological injustices designed and instituted by imperialism, colonialism, dictators and plutocrats to instill fear, prejudices and oppression within the island of Kiskeya (known colonially as Hispaniola). In using art as a vehicle for unraveling biases and bigotry, the project aims to heal wounds instituted by racial stigmas. By creating space to manifest the possibility of and the ability to witness violent acts without deflection, amnesia, or suppression, those acts no longer hold power or designate who we are as human beings.

A confluence of artistic works from various fields will celebrate and honor indigenous and African ancestors. The project will shift the context that Dominicans live in, by paying tribute to Haiti as the first Black Republic to liberate itself from slavery and honor the revolutionist and founding fathers from the Dominican Republic and Haiti who sought to create a unified and liberated island along with the historical ramifications of initiating a sovereign nation. Through re-invigorating the history of the Dominican Republic and Haiti as co-creators of strategies for sustainability and profit, abundance and vitality for all inhabitants, and prosperity through mutual resolutions and absolution from the past, Dominicans Love Haitians Movement works towards reinstating mutual understanding and empathy that can often be forgotten across cultural divides.


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