By Emily Kochanek – News Editor
Until April 18, the Wedeman Gallery in Yamawaki will be hosting “Migrating Colors,” an exhibit featuring Haitian artists from the city of Jacmel. The show, in partnership with the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts (HAAM), displays an amalgam of works from the artists, depicting their life before the devastating earthquake in 2010.
While there are a few pieces that also show life after the tragedy, the paintings mostly focus on the vibrant culture and historical context of their city. The show also displays sculptures from artists in Zimbabwe and sales of the sculptures go to help Ebola relief in Africa.
Sarah Mausser, who helped bring and curate the exhibit, had the idea to combine the two after she held an exhibit in partnership with Partners in Health. “The minute I saw this space, I imagined this art being here,” said Mausser. “And I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring together the stone sculpture and this?’”
The exhibit’s collection has a wide variety of styles but all concentrating on the cyborgian identity of the Haitian people. Stemming from 1940s surrealism in Europe, particularly Jean Paul Sartre and Andre Breton’ writings, and cultural influences from Africa and their spirituality, the art that ensued was vibrant depiction of life with surrealist aspects. Many of the paintings show landscapes of the beautiful countryside of Haiti and the local agriculture life.
“We started this simply as a way of helping local artists to pretty much get back into work because they had pretty much lost everything and some of them had lost the desire [to create],” said Joseph Chery of the HAAM. The organization has raised over $17,000 selling local artists’ work since the earthquake.
The exhibit is open until Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.