Art Exhibition: In “Poto Mitan” Chantal Bethel Prays for Haiti through Art

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The Vincent D’Aguilar Art Foundation in Nassau, The Bahamas, is presently featuring Haitian artist Chantal Bethel’s “Poto Mitan,” a three-dimensional production of work she created in an attempt to find healing after the earthquake in Haiti. Bethel, who fled Haiti during the Duvalier regime, has created a vivid show across all media – from sculpture to painting.  The exhibition, which has received rave reviews, opened on January 17 and will remain until March 8, 2012. To learn more about her and the work, Caribbean Journal interviewed the artist to know more about “Poto Mitan,” the relationship between Haiti and the Bahamas, and how the two countries influence her work.

What brought you to do this show?  I grew up in Brussels, and I’ve been living in the Bahamas since 1971, which is quite a long time. This was etched in my memory for a long time after the earthquake…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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