In Honor of Caribbean Heritage Month the Haitian Embassy is hosting an artist talk and reception for Haitian-American Artist and Professor Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre. His solo exhibition Future Memoriesexplores the diasporic imagination.
Akin to the story of countless immigrant children Jean-Pierre’s artistic view was filtered through the lenses of individuals who escaped terror. Their burying of those experiences sparked an unsettling curiosity in him to create works that uncover our past within the context of systèmes socio-politiques. Future Memories brings to light collective trauma, and drives to explore how memory shapes our historical and contemporary imaginations.
Join us as he shares his art and poetry that speak to the nexus of political, social and economic structures. Jean-Pierre began experimenting with art at an early age by creating visual narratives based on classical paintings from his homeland of Haiti. His current research centers on contemporary Indigenous legacies throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania.
Jean-Pierre is a U.S. State Department Art in Embassies Artist. His work is in the permanent collection of the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin and is currently working on an installation for the new U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger. He has participated in two Smithsonian exhibitions and has been invited by the White House to speak on the role of the arts in youth justice. He has been commissioned to create works for the International Monetary Fund and the Inter American Development Bank. Jean-Pierre has created public art in Cape Town, Pretoria South Africa, New York, Chicago, DC, Istanbul, Panama, Port-au-Prince, London, and Paris. Jean-Pierre holds a Masters of Arts from Howard University. Jean Pierre has studios at STABLE Arts DC and 52 O St Studios in Washington DC.