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Haïti

Series : Déchoukaj – Womanhood pillars in the Caribbean Identity with Laurena Finéus

Laurena Finéus (she/her) is a Haitian visual artist, educator, and art administrator specialized in painting. In her practice, Finéus has been concerned with representations of Haiti, relationality within its diaspora, and its growing archives across the globe through an array of figurative and painterly imagined landscapes. These elements are juxtaposed with personal memories of her life in so-called Canada. 

“Highlighting the artist’s focus on painted portraits as her chosen medium, the viewer is introduced with an intimate confrontation that focuses on each woman’s individual experience. These portraits, strong in symbolism, incorporate her signature use of hybrid spaces within a Canadian diasporic context.”

Exhibition statement by Laurena Finéus – Déchoukaj’ exhibition , Ottawa school of art gallery – 2021

Imagine our surprise when we found out we had limits, 2020
Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Acrylique et huile sur toile
48×72’’
May this country be hers one day, 2020
Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Acrylique et huile sur toile
48×72’’

“The word Déchoukaj in Haitian Kréyol refers to the uprooting of a tree from the ground with all of its roots; it comes from the French word “désouchage”.  (…) Essentially, a Déchoukaj means to attack the goods and properties of corrupt notables as well as their henchmen.”

Exhibition statement by Laurena Finéus – Déchoukaj’ exhibition , Ottawa school of art gallery – 2021
Cécile Fatiman : regard vers la Guinée, 2021
Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Acrylique et huile sur toile
30×48’’
Are you free my daughters?, 2020
Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Acrylique et huile sur toile
48×72’’
Sanité Bélair : regard vers la Guinée, 2021
Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Acrylique et huile sur toile
30×48’’
2021

“Haitian women have been pillars, poto-mitan’sin the country’s history. They’ve fought alongside their male counterparts, led the revolution and were at the forefront of the fight of the first black republic in the world. Often ignored in history books, these stories just see the light through oral traditions or live within our literatures.”

Exhibition statement by Laurena Finéus – Déchoukaj’ exhibition , Ottawa school of art gallery – 2021
Marie-louise Coidavid : regard vers la Guinée, 2021
Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Acrylique et huile sur toile
30×48’’
Private collection.
It was up to me to make sure my daughter never slept with ghosts, 2021
Acrylic and oil on canvas/Acrylique et huile sur toile 48×72’’
Déchoukaj, 2021
Ottawa school of art gallery

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