Friday, February 5, 2010

Are You Listening? - Haiti Relief Song

The horrific loss of  life and tremendous physical destruction of Port-au-Prince are mind boggling. The video below attests to it with emotion and passion. No one with a soul can listen to or view it without being tremendously moved.


"Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti" - Kirk Fanklin & Friends

But there is also another unimaginable price that not only Haitians but the entire world of art will now have to pay...

A Cultural Agony in a Nation Where Art is Life
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/24/world/la-fg-haiti-artists24-2010jan24

Vibrant Haitian Art Vanishes in the Dust
http://www.miamiherald.com/416/story/1443999.html

Quakes Toll on Haitian Art, Heritage and Income
http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/01/29/haitian.art.lost/index.html

Unesco Urges Ban on Trade of Haitian Art
http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/33793/unesco-urges-ban-on-trade-of-haitian-art/

EXAMPLES of HAITIAN TEXTILE ART (sequined vodou flags are the best known examples):

Drapo Vodou: Haitian Vodou Flags (scroll down for many examples - click on pictures for close-up views)
http://www.indigoarts.com/news_drapovodou2008.html

Haitian Art - Voodoo Flags - click on pictures for close-up views
http://www.nigerbend.com/catalog.php?cat=42

The Power of Haitian Art - click on pictures for close-up views
http://rosalindcummingsyeates.blogspot.com/2010/01/power-of-haitian-art.html

2 comments:

Jeanne said...

Very moving song and video. The stories about losing the art of Haiti are saddening. Without Art, how does a culture reflect itself? I fear for the future of Haiti - the people are incredible survivors, but this earthquake seems to have taken everything, but their spirit. After the initial crisis, I hope they are remembered, and support continues to put their country back together.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

jeanne, all I can add to your comment is "Amen".

Gwen