Artful Musing

ARTFUL BLOGGER ROAD TRIP: A photo exhibit in Montreal shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of Haiti

Carnival III, Jacmel, 2011 © Benoit Aquin

The spectacular Haitian exhibition Vodou, which opened last year at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, will continue as the main show at the museum throughout the coming summer.

So, if you saw the show already and became intrigued with Haitian culture, then you might be interested in a new Haitian photo exhibition at the McCord Museum in Montreal.

The exhibition is titled Haiti: Chaos and Daily Life and contains dozens of large-scale colour photographs, some terrifying and some moving, by internationally renowned Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin, whose work is found in several prestigious collections, including that of the National Gallery of Canada.

The backdrop for the photographs is the 7.3 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010, that killed 220,000 people, injured 300,000 others and left 1 million homeless. Much of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince was left in ruins. Much rebuilding still needs to be done. (more…)