2017 September 16, 7 pm
The Ghetto Tarot
The Ghetto Tarot is a photographic interpretation of the tradicional tarot deck in the ghetto. The scenes are inspired by the Rider Waite Tarot deck (originally designed in 1990 by artist Pamela Colman Smith) and are replicated together with a group of Haitian artist called Atis Rezistants (resistant artists) in the Haitian slumes 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 thought if the world starts looking at their skills and capacities instead of their deficiencies.
Atis Rezistans are claiming the world “Ghetto”, free themselves of it depreciating undertone and turn it into something beautiful. Their act of appropriating a world loaded with unfavorable 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 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?