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The 3rd Ghetto Biennale 2013: Decentering the Market and Other Tales of Progress

Artists start arriving from 26th November 2013

Opening of the Ghetto Biennale 13th December 2013

Ghetto Biennale Congress 15th December 2013

Ghetto Biennale, 622 Blvd Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Melitza Jean  Biennale du Ghetto

Melitza Jean
Biennale du Ghetto

Participating artists

Getho Jean Baptiste (HT), Ronald Bazile (aka Cheby) (HT), Wesner Bazile (HT), Katy Beinart (UK), Tom Bogaert (BE), Emilie Boone (US), Anna Bruinsma (US), Diedrick Brackens (US), Claudel Casseus (HT), Irina Contreras (US), Gina Cunningham (US), Sarah Delaney (AU), Robert Dimin (US), Annette Elliot (US), Emmy Eves (US), Pascale Faublas (HT), Kendra Frorup (BS/US), Ralph George (aka Riko) (HT), Asunción Molinos Gordo (ES), Ryan Groendyk (US), Kwynn Johnson (TT), Alphonse Jean Junior (aka Papda Da) (HT),  Jefferson Kielwagen (BR/US), Guerly Lauren (HT), Lee Lee (US), Michael Massaro (US), Jason Metcalf (US), Jean Robert Palenquet (HT), Romel Jean Pierre (HT), Racine Polycarpe (HT), Evel Romain (HT), Allison Rowe (CA), Jean-Claude Saintilus (HT), Kantara Souffrant (US), Malin Tivenius (SE), Emeka Udemba (NG/DE), Joseph Winter (UK), Hiroki Yamamoto (JP)

Participating artist collectives

Caribbean Intransit – Marielle Barrow (TT/US), Moira Williams (US), Hadiza Aliyu (TT/NG/US), Lori Lee (US), Kamilah Morain (TT/HT), Peter Maignan (US); Floating Lab Collective – Jorge Luis Porrata (CU/US), Elsabe Dixon (ZA/US), Edgar Endress (CL/US); Fallen Fruit – David Burns (US) and Austin Young (US); Filles de Hirohito – Jean-Bastien Tinant (BE) and Daniel Bajoit (BE); Ti Moun Rezistans – Saradia Eugene (HT), Blondine Herard (HT), Dachemine Love Herard (HT), Mariotte Orlie Herard (HT), Londel Innocent (HT), Leonce Love (HT), Jean Muller Milord (aka Soso) (HT), Louvenksy Mondesir (HT), Herold Pierre-Louis (HT), Mario Pierre-Louis (HT), Evens Richelieu (aka Ti Boss) (HT), Steevens Simeon (HT); Vision Forum – Per Huttner (SE/FR), Sara Giannini (IT/NL), Jean-Louis Huhta (SE), Sandrine Nicoletta (IT/UK); Wooloo – Sixten Kai Nielsen (DK), William Rawlings and Martin Rosengaard (DK); XKLUB – Roberto N Peyre (SE), Joyce Ip (SE), Nanna Dalunde (SE) and Jean-Louis Huhta (SE)


Andre Eugene (HT), Leah Gordon (UK), Celeur Jean Herard (HT), David Frohnapfel (DE)

In December 2009 Atis Rezistans, the Sculptors of Grand Rue, hosted their first Ghetto Biennale. They invited fine artists, film-makers, academics, photographers, musicians, architects and writers, to come to the Grand Rue area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to make or witness work that was made or happened, in their neighbourhood. In the words of the writer John Keiffer, it was hoping to be a “’third space’…an event or moment created through a collaboration between artists from radically different backgrounds”. The 2nd Ghetto Biennale took place in December 2011 and seemed, in a contradiction to its aims, to reveal contextual, internal and institutional vulnerabilities to the inequalities that run across race, class and gender, provoking further questioning of the way these dynamics play out in an increasingly globalized art world.

While the Ghetto Biennale was conceived to expose social, racial, class and geographical immobility, it seemed to have upheld these class inertias within its structural core. The Ghetto Biennale is looking for balance amongst the multifarious and often contradictory agendas underpinning the event. Are we institutional critique or a season ticket to the institution? Are we poverty tourism or an exit strategy from the ghetto? What was the effect of the earthquake and the ensuing NGO culture on cross-cultural relations in Haiti? The straplines for the previous Ghetto Biennales were ‘What happens when first world art rubs up against third world art? Does it bleed?’…did the Ghetto Biennale bleed, and if so where?

We have decided to respond to the challenges posed by the previous incarnations of this event by giving the 3rd Ghetto Biennale a theme. We have been seeking artistic projects made on site, which investigate or respond to, ‘The Market: from the local to the Global’.

The 3rd Ghetto Biennale seeks to expose the boundaries of a globalized art market, and have meaningful discussion about sameness and diversity in an allegedly de-centered art world. The 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince is trying to create a space for artistic production that attempts to offer, whilst understanding all its limitations, artists from wide socioeconomic classes, a complex creative platform. The Ghetto Biennale hopes to contain the seeds of a possibility to transcend different models of ghettoization.

The 3rd Ghetto Biennale 2013 will take place from 26th November until the 16th December 2013. All works must be made and exhibited in Haiti. Artists will be invited to pass one to three weeks in Haiti before presenting their work in the neighbourhood to an audience of local people, Port au Prince neighbourhood communities, arts collectives and arts organisations.

Leah Gordon

Find more information about Atis-Rezistans visit

‘Atis-Rezistans: the Sculptors of Grand Rue’ can be viewed at

Enquiries, questions and travel and accommodation information contact: Leah Gordon at


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