between artists: Haïti 2010
12th 2010, Haïti suffered a devastating earthquake. A few
days later the Haïtian artist Elodie Barthélémy,
and the French Association Maison des Artistes took the initiative
to form a commission to find ways to support the Haïtian
artists. When there is a catastrophe somewhere and the international
community is sending help, the last group one would think of
would probably be the artists.
Coordinator of Europe, Anders Liden, was asked by the Executive
Committee to take part in the commission as a representative
of IAA Europe. The commission was called HAA, Haïti Action
Artistes, in which experts from fifferent fields brought their
skills together. In February 2010, after many discussions, they
decided to start collecting art works and made plans for a public
were donated by artists, most of them based in Paris, but also
by some thirty Mexican artists. The works were shown in an exhibition
in the French Ministry of Culture during three weeks, in August
2010. Most of the works were sold at a public auction on September
25th of the same year.
National Committee managed to collect money for the artists
In the commission,
many discussions took place to know how the money could be most
wisely spent. Instead of giving direct contributions to single
artists and their family, everybody agreed on using the money
for helping the artists to achieve structural changes which
would benefit everybody.
three years now, Elodie Barthélémy has travelled
to Haïti and discussed with the artists there. To avoid
taxes and Custom fees (36%) for imported materials, a house
fabricant of house paint got instructions and the means to produce
artists colours. In the capital, Port au Prince, a container
has been transformed into a shop to function as a cooperative.
A shopkeeper has been employed. The container itself was transformed
into a public art work by a group of artists selected by their
colleagues. It has got the name « Tout Pou Youn »
in Creole which means « All for One ».
The whole thing was inaugurated on March 11th of this year.
HAA project is an astonishing example of what can be achieved
by a group of dedicated artists in terms of sharing and goodwill
To know more about HAA, please click here: http://haitiactionartistes.org