January 25, 2011 — Coral Gables — This February the UM Department of Art and Art History will present FotoKonbit – an exhibition of social photography workshops. The photographs in the exhibition were taken by Haitians in their home country and here in Miami.
The photography will be on view at the UM Wynwood Project Space located at 2200A NW 2nd Avenue in Miami. Opening reception is Saturday, Feb 12th from 6 to 10 pm.
FotoKonbit is a movement created to engage and empower Haitians to tell their own stories and document their communities through photography. The images in the exhibition “Haiti FotoKonbit: 3rd Vernacular Photography” at the UM Wynwood project space were all made by Haitians themselves, offering viewers a unique perspective and an opportunity to see Haiti through Haitian eyes.
Inspired by the Creole word "konbit" which can be defined as the coming together of similar talents in an effort towards a common goal, FotoKonbit educators use their skills as photographers, educators, and artists to impact the lives of their participants and the public through photography. By partnering with established Haitian grassroots organizations in Haiti and in the Haitian Diaspora, FotoKonbit is uniquely positioned to inspire hope through creative expression and provide Haitians with the opportunity to document their reality and share it with the largest possible audience.
FotoKonbit is made up of three founding members, Tatiana Mora Liautaud, Noelle Theard, and Marie Arago, as well as Ralph and Frederic Dupoux. Maggie Steber and Edwidge Danticat serve on FotoKonbit’s advisory board.
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