Artist Guyodo shown here at the Pioneer works exhibit PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince. Photo @pioneerworks

The show is Port-au-Prince charming!

A new exhibit in Red Hook showcases the diversity of Haiti’s urban artists. “Potoprens: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince,” on display at Pioneer Works until Nov. 11, features more than a dozen artists based in the country’s capital. Most outsiders have only a single vision of Haitian culture, but this show offers several distinct strands of art from Haiti’s most populous city, said the exhibit’s Haitian-American co-curator.


Skull in the box: The new Red Hook exhibit “Portoprens: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince,” features several sculptures that incorporate skulls and other creepy motifs. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

“We want to complicate the narrative and not just show Haitian art doing the same thing. That’s why we isolated groups to show that the diversity of Haiti is more than excellent, and we’re creating something very new that has political, social, and cultural significan­ce,” said Edouard Duval-Carrie. “This shows the complexity of the city.”

Duval-Carrie focused his exhibit on three Port-au-Prince neighborhoods known for their artwork — Bel Air for its Vodou flags and textile artistry, Riviere Froide, known for its sculptors, and Grand Rue, renowned for Haitian crafts and art made from scrap material.

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