Haiti 2012: pays rêvé pays réel  is a celebration of contemporary Haitian art and culture. Bringing to Milwaukee and Chicago internationally acclaimed Haitian film maker Arnold Antonin, artists and gallery directors Mireille Pérodin-Jérôme & Edouard Duval-Carrié, and authors Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Yanick Lahens and Lyonel Trouillot, this event highlights the specificity and vitality of contemporary Haitian culture.  

Events will be in English or French (with simultaneous interpretation in English).

Monday, March 5, 2012 - In Chicago

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 5:00-8:00 pm - - Lynden Sculpture Garden

Opening : Haïti and the Midwestern Imagination

Welcome Reception and Opening (by invitation only)
Sculpture garden visit & opening of exhibition featuring the works of Orville Bulman, a self-taught Midwestern painter whose visit to Haïti in the 1950s profoundly impacted his work.
Introduction by Dr. Polly Morris, curator and director of the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 2:30-9:00 pm - - Weasler Auditorium, Marquette University
[West Wells Street, between 15th & 16th Street] Free and open to the public

Behind the Screen ❈ L'envers de l'écran

Projection and discussion of documentary film shorts. Plenary Presentation on Haitian cinema by the film director Arnold Antonin. Projection and discussion of Antonin's feature film "Les Amours d'un zombi, candidat à la présidence"/"The Loves of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate" (Milwaukee premiere, subtitled in English).

2:30-3:00pm - Introductions

Documentary Film Shorts:

3:00-3:15pm - "Pays Rêvé, Pays Réel" by Christian Tortel, about Les Passagers du Vent, a writers' retreat organized by the poet James Noël in Port Salut, Haiti.

3:30-4:30pm - Post-earthquake documentaries by the Youth Club of Pétion-Ville, introduced by the author and activist Yanick Lahens.

4:30-5:00pm - "Kenbe La-Hold on" documentary on the Sainte Trinité School of Music, Port-au-Prince, introduced by Carolyn Armstrong, co-director of Bel Son Productions.

5:00-6:00pm - Buffet reception, Weasler Foyer

Plenary Presentation and Feature Film:

Introductory remarks by  Dr. John Pustejovsky

6:15-6:45pm - "Filmer Haïti - Histoires d'Haiti" plenary by film director Arnold Antonin

7:00-8:30pm - "Les Amours d'un zombi, candidat à la présidence"/"The Loves of a Zombie, Presidential Candidate" Arnold Antonin's 2009 award-winning feature film

8:30-9:00pm - Talk-back with Arnold Antonin and moderator Jean-Pierre Lafouge

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 2:00-8:00 pm - - Milwaukee Art Museum
[on Lake Michigan: 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee] Open to the public and free with museum admission

Coup de projecteur sur la collection Flagg ❈ Spotlight on the Flagg Collection of Haitian Art

Guided visit of the Richard and Erna Flagg Collection of Haitian Art and presentations by Mireille Pérodin-Jérôme, art historian, curator, and Director of the Ateliers Jérôme, Pétion-Ville, Haiti, and Edouard Duval-Carrié, Haitian artist and critic.

2:00-3:00 pm - Tour & discussion of the Flagg Collection of Haitian Art with Édouard Duval-Carrié (in English)

4:00-5:00 pm - Tour & discussion of the Flagg Collection of Haitian Art with Mireille Pérodin-Jérôme (in French)

5:00-5:50 pm - Reception

6:00-6:15 pm -      Introductory Remarks

6:20-6:50 pm - "The Flagg Collection" presentation by Mireille Pérodin-Jérôme (with English interpreter).

7:00-7:30 pm - "The Legacy of the Flagg Collection's Artists in Contemporary Haitian Art" presentation by Edouard Duval-Carrié.

7:30-8:00 pm - Open discussion with Brady Roberts

7:00-8:00 pm - Unguided visit of the Flagg Collection

Friday, March 9, 2012, 2:00-7:00pm - -Center for Center for 21st Century Studies,
Curtin Hall 175 (with simultaneous interpretation facilities), UW-Milwaukee [3243 N. Downer Ave] Free and open to the public

For French language archive video footage
For English language archived footage

FAULTLINES: Literature, Politics, Life ❈ FAILLES: Littérature haïtienne

Roundtable discussion about Haitian literary history & presentations by three Haitian authors about their writing practice.


2:00-2:30 pm - Introductions

2:30-3:15 pm - Haïti, une traversée littéraire, a book-CD (Cultures France éditions/Presses nationales d' Haiti 2009). Discussion with co-authors Louis-Philippe Dalembert and Lyonel Trouillot


3:30 pm - "Je n'écris pas pour guérir" Presentation by Yanick Lahens, author of Failles (Fault Lines, 2010).

4:10 pm - "Vagabondage & Littérature" Presentation by Louis-Philippe Dalembert, author of Noires Blessures (Black Wounds, 2011).

4:40 pm - "Thérèse et le réel" Presentation by Lyonel Trouillot, author of La belle amour humaine (Beautiful Human Love, 2011).

5:00 pm - Discussion with Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Yanick Lahens, Lyonel Trouillot, Arnold Antonin, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Mireille Pérodin-Jérôme and the public.

6:00 pm - Reception and book signing by Haitian authors with Haitian music organized by Bernard Zinck (and the UWM Institute of Chamber Music).

We thank for their support: At Marquette University: The Helen Way Klinger College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, & MUSG.

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: The Office of the Chancellor & the Provost, the College of Letters and Sciences, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for International Education, the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Department of Africology, the Department of French, Italian & Comparative literature.

In Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Lynden Sculpture Garden, & The Alliance française of Milwaukee.

The Institut français, France & the Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.