FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan nou wè l The Way We See It A Collection of Haitian Women’s Photography April 28th, 2011

from 7-9pm Splash Light Studios One Hudson Square 75 Varick Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003 April 4, 2011, New York, NY—For one night only, New York will be able to view Haiti through an as-of-yet unseen perspective: the eyes of Haitian women living in Haiti today. Jan nou wè l/The Way We See It is a powerful collection of 48 original photographs taken by more than 30 Haitian women who have been victims of gender-based violence. The photographs capture their post-earthquake reality: tarpaulin shelters, makeshift bathrooms and kitchens. In short, a world with few doors to lock in which no one has private space. These women spent the last year using donated digital cameras to document their experience. This event will be the first—and possibly only—public viewing of this collection of images. “Photography has given us a new outlet and determination to participate in the reconstruction of Haiti and ensure that women continue to find justice and support when they are victims,” said Marie Eramithe Delva, one of the photographers and Co-Founder of Women Victims for Victims (KOFAVIV), who will speak about her and her colleagues’ experiences and photos at the NY event. “Photography is an important humanitarian tool,” said Delva, “because it allows us to capture concretely what has happened and what continues to happen in a country or community.” The project began in April 2010 when US-based technology and human rights NGO Digital Democracy (Dd) traveled to Haiti with digital cameras to lead photo-training sessions. Up to that point, without cameras or knowledge of how to use them, these grassroots groups had paid others to document their experiences and raise awareness for their cause. At first only thirteen women, representing six grassroots groups, participated in the sessions. Yet with just two days of training and only four shared digital cameras between them, the women set out to tell their story. The results were strong, passionate, and extremely insightful. “The fact that the women were ‘of’ the community allowed them to capture realities in the camps that no foreign photojournalist would have been able to capture,” said Abby Goldberg, one of the photography trainers and Haiti Outreach & Advocacy Manager for Dd. “In an environment such as the one these women live in the element of trust cannot be overstated. In that sense the photos are uniquely authentic and honest, not to mention beautiful and heart-wrenching.” In collaboration with the women, collection curators, Erica Leone and Erin Kornfeld selected 48 photographs for exhibition. The photographs, as well as a catalogue of the work—translated in both Creole and English—will be available for purchase at the event and afterward online. There will also be a silent auction at the exhibition. All proceeds will support continuation of the work of the grassroots women’s groups and Dd in Haiti. For more information, please contact Abby Goldberg—415.999.0350 |