“The Haiti Project”
(4 pieces, 16”x20” each)
The project is a four-canvass collage series that highlights various perspectives on the Haiti tragedy, beginning with the media’s perception, to personal accounts of survivors, to the people who worked there, as well as my personal account and photographs.
The tragedy in Haiti was one that affected not only the small nation, but the world at large. While the public perceptions of the event were mostly based on media’s coverage, I was given the chance to probe a little deeper. I was called to take care of patients - mostly children and infants - on the USNS Comfort. There, I was exposed to the other perpectives on the earthquake - those of people whose lives were completely ravaged, and the caretakers who put their own selves aside for the needs of someone else. It has truly been a life-changing event. This project serves to memorialize it, but never will it ever be able to truly portray the horror and chaos that still continues to affect lives today.
The Haiti Project
During the end of January through mid-March this year, I was aboard the USNS Comfort during Operation Unified Response, the US Military’s joint task force in Haiti, to aid the earthquake victims. There, I was exposed to a plethora of people’s viewpoints; people from all different walks of life, but all with one common goal, to help the survivors of the earthquake, and assist them in getting back up, dusting off the tragedy, and forging forward.
This was my blueprint for the series.