September 23rd to 31st October
The Ghetto Tarot is a photographic interpretation of the traditional tarot deck in the ghetto. The scenes are inspired by the Rider Waite Tarot deck (originally designed in 1909 by artist Pamela Colman Smith) and are replicated together with a group of Haitian artists called Atis Rezistans (resistant artists) in the Haitian slums using only material we were able to find or create locally.
Our objective is to highlight the creativity and strength of the citizens of the Ghetto and we are certain that inside of them lays a treasure of innovative ideas to dissolve the circle of dependence and victimization that will break through if the world starts looking at their skills and capacities instead of their deficiencies.
Atis rezistans are claiming the word “Ghetto”, free themselves of its depreciating undertone and turn it into something beautiful. Their act of appropriating a word loaded with unfavourable sentiments by altering its meaning is an act of inspiration. This undertaking of the Haitians made me realize that it lies only within us to assign value or judgment towards a tangible or intangible thing, which creates a positive or negative emotion. If we realize that we can choose if we look at destruction and see despair or if we choose to see the start of something new, we can change the meaning of every word, action and emotion. That is something I learned from the Haitian artists and we are sharing it together with the world through the Ghetto Tarot.
And isn’t the confrontation of our inner feelings and emotions what tarot is all about?
Photographer. Journalist. Filmmaker. Artist. Project Manager. Teacher. Student. Wedding photojournalist. Traveler. There isn’t just one word to describe what I’m doing. I am a free spirit. I Follow my heart and make my dreams and ideas come true. All in the pursuit of opening people’s eyes to what’s really happening in our world and at the same time exposing the beauty so that change can happen. I was lucky to assist one of the greatest photojournalists of the last century, Philip Jones Griffiths, who taught me valuable lessons about photography and life. Since 2007 I have been traveling to and living in Haiti to document the country and its people with my camera and learn about the human race through observation. In 2010 I co‐founded a non‐profit organization called Viv Timoun with projects in Haiti. Recently I Directed my first documentary “AIDependence” demonstrating the negative influence of the aid industry on the Haitian population using Haiti as an example for the happenings of most developing countries.