UK Student at Haiti’s Ghetto Biennale

Repeating Islands

Charlotte Hammond, an AHRC-funded PhD student in the departments of Drama and French at Royal Holloway, University of London, was one of the artists invited to take part in the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in the Grand Rue area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Katy Cowan reported in this article for The Guardian.

The Ghetto Biennale, which took place in December, gathers local and international fine artists, film-makers, academics, photographers, musicians, architects and writers, and takes the unique approach of art as community rather than commodity. Artists from around the world share ideas, philosophies, and working practices with Haitian arts practitioners.

The event takes place within the community of Grand Rue sculptors who live and work in a shantytown labyrinth of makeshift workshops, located off one of the main streets of the capital. They use junk, scrap and anything they can lay their hands on to create astonishingly monumental assemblages, strongly influenced…

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