Early this year, the devastating earthquake in Haiti shocked the world. For Australian-based photographer Christina Simons, this tragedy hit close to home. Haiti, to her, is much more than a dot on a map; a backdrop for TV news footage. Haiti is a place she knows well.
She was there in 2006, working on a photo-essay about restaveks â€“ children sold into slavery. She came to know people there; many of whom were directly affected by this latest turmoil. She knows also that Haitians are people of resilience and spirit and a rich and complex culture, despite all the adversity they face in their daily lives. Christinaâ€™s photographs of Haiti hint at this strength of will in the people she encountered. They are also imbued with her compassion, which saw her direct proceeds from her 2007 exhibition back to the people she had photographed.
Seen now, in the aftermath of tragedy, her pictures reveal a distressed and yet still strangely beautiful country. And in the faces there is a determination that suggests there is still hope for Haiti.
Proceeds from sales will go to orphanages working with recovering restaveks and Haiti Earthquake Relief.
THE HAITI PROJECT
Opening night from 6pm, 28th of April 2010â€¨â€¨
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29 April – 22 May 2010
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