Participating Filmmaker, Artists, and Writers

Orville Bulman a self-taught artist, was born in 1904 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the early 1950s he visited Haiti and admired the island's style, verve and gracefully trimmed houses with lacy appliqué carved wood. Bulman exhibited in 41 one-man shows and sold over 2,000 paintings.

Arnold Antonin is one of the most important contemporary Haitian filmmakers and historians of Haitian cinema. Politically, socially and culturally active, as his filmography demonstrates, he is a professor at the École nationale des arts and at the college of human sciences at the université d État and the director of the cultural center Pétion Bolivar. His latest prize winning film: Les amours d'un zombie, candidat à la présidence (The Loves of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate, 2009) is a political satire based on a scenario by the prolific Haitian author, Gary Victor. The film has received overwhelming recognition at the 22nd Fespaco Film Festival (2011, best film of the African diaspora), at the 9th Festival International du Film d'Afrique et des Iles (FIFAI 2011, best fiction film) and at the 6th Edition of the interdisciplinary and intercultural Trophée des arts afro-caribbéens in Paris (2011, Best Fiction Film). 

The Richard and Erna Flagg Collection of Haitian Art: The Milwaukee Art Museum holds one of the best collections of Haitian art in the world. Richard and Erna Flagg began collecting Haitian art in 1973 and proceeded to amass one of the world's foremost collections of 20th-century Haitian art, featuring some 90 paintings and sculptures by artists such as Hector Hyppolite, Castera Bazile, Wilson Bigaud, Préfète Duffaut, Philomé Obin, Rigaud Benoit, and Georges Liautaud.

Mireille Pérodin Jérôme is the director of the Ateliers Jérôme, an art gallery and cultural center in Port-au-Prince which was founded in 1985. A member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) she has lectured about Haitian art in Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, curated Haitian art exhibitions in Haiti and abroad, and published critical essays and articles on Haitian art. [For current exhibitions]

Edouard Duval-Carrié is a Haitian painter and sculptor. Born in Port-au-Prince, he spent his childhood in Puerto Rico during the François Duvalier regime, then studied both in Canada and France where he attended the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts. He currently lives in Miami, among the Haitian immigrant population, and maintains cultural ties to his homeland. Duval's art reflects the culture and history of Haiti with references to Vodou religion, and is often overtly political. His varied work including altarpieces, lacquered tiles, reliquaries, paitings and sculptures reflects his versatility.  

Louis-Philippe Dalembert, the vagabond, spent his childhood in Port-au-Prince and studied journalism there before leaving for France where he obtained his PhD.  He has since travelled the world, settling for periods of time as his novels reveal in Latin America, Italy, Israel, Germany, Congo-Brazza etc. Most recently the recipient of the Artists in Berlin Programme, he was also 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 and he is the recipient of a number of prizes for his novels 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).
Listen to Louis-Philippe Dalembert on WUWM's radio program Lake Effect

After her studies in France, Yanick Lahens returned to Port-au-Prince where she taught at the Université d'Etat, worked as a journalist at Radio Haïti, and joined Raoul Peck's Ministry of Culture alongside Louis-Philippe Dalembert. At the forefront of Haiti's cultural life, she mobilizes her efforts to engage with the citizenry to create libraries, learning centers and to create sustainable development. Her writing includes essays, short stories, and her prize winning novel La Couleur de l'aube (2008).  Her latest work Failles (2010) which was finished in the aftermath of the earthquake addresses the real and the socio-political fault lines that permeate Haiti, its cultures, society and politics.

Lyonel Trouillot (Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, June 2010) who lives in Port-au-Prince, is a poet, novelist, journalist, professor, and song-writer.  A student of law, he soon turned to writing, and uses his pen to engage politically with the complexity of Haiti's reality. A signatory to the Manifeste pour une littérature-monde, he co-ordinates the meetings of Etonnants Voyageurs in Haiti. He publishes in Kreyol and in French and has founded a number of journals in Kreyol. His 2011 novel La belle amour humaine was among the four finalists for the prestigious 2011 Prix Goncourt, and received the 2011 Grand Prix du Roman Métis.  He co-signed with Louis-Philippe Dalembert: une Haïti: Traversée littéraire (2010) which won the Trophée des arts afro-caribéens

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