See The Beauty In Haiti With Photographer Maggie Steber’s New Show In Coral Gables

Repeating Islands


This article by ARIELLE CASTILLO appeared in

Picture images of developing countries in American media and you’ll likely think of a few recurring tropes — photos depicting squalid living conditions and political strife.

“We always end up looking at poor countries as being fraught with tragedy and poverty,” says documentary photographer Maggie Steber, in a video trailer for her new solo show opening in Coral Gables on Thursday. “We don’t recognize what is beautiful. We don’t equate what is beautiful.”

Steber’s show, Audacity of Beauty, upends all of those tired visual cliches with a series of arresting color photos culled from over 25 years of shooting in Haiti. While she’s worked in over 62 countries, Steber’s returned frequently to the island country since the early ‘80s, when she first went to document the Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier dictatorship.

Though she arrived, first, with the mission of capturing societal and…

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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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