C-19 Haiti work in progress

The Covid-19 pandemic, which had been plaguing the world ever since January, reached Haiti at the end of March. Following the confirmation of 2 infected cases, the Haitian government, mimicking other foreign governments, recommended confinement, imposed curfew and declared a health emergency.
For decades, no politicians inspire trust among the Haitian population due to constant corruption scandals and to their incompetence to remedy the successive economic and social crisis. In the framework of the covid-19 crisis, the consequences are twofold. First, people in general is no longer gullible to the government announces and denies the very existence of the virus in Haiti. Secondly, there is a spate of frictions between the
population and the state armed forces when it comes to impose the necessary sanitary measures. It is to expect the worst from the mix of fatalism, disbelief, obvious lack of health infrastructures and ongoing insalubrity in Haiti.

Smeared Flag

The history of the rainbow flags on the walls of Port-au-Prince dates back to June 2018. Canapé-Vert road users had wondered about this flag that was discovered at random one morning. The work quickly disappeared. Tagged with homophobic insults, the wall in question was repainted clearly immediately. Seven months later in the metropolitan area, there is no escaping it. On the walls of major busy highways. Delmas, Pétion-ville, Bois-Verna, Babiole and now Petit-Goâve. A situation that does not fail to react refractories. Crosses, insults, allusions to Sodom and Gomorrah, made with the bomb appear systematically on each new flag. This series presents a palette either the language of homophobes facing these flags in public space.

Champ de Mars, presidential garden

Champ-de-Mars, “the people's lounge” as it is called in Haiti, is not just a central parc for the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince. It is also a place of symbol and refers the whole country to its history and its glorious past. What's singularity it have, Champ-de-Mars is also and above all a digest of Haiti. A space where all the country's daily problems crystallize. A space where struggles are born, come to have an outcome, or come for the end. All heads of state have looking for, or trying to mark champ-de-Mars in their own way. It is a public square that no longer counts the changes it has undergone. This project will combine archives and photographs to tell about this dynamic place that serves as a court for Haitian heads of state and the peoples who gives it life.

human moult

This work is intended to be a restitution of the life of Haitian returnees from the Anse-à-Pitres camps during the past few months. Relocated last April 2017 by IOM, the former undocumented immigrants from the Dominican Republic left behind in the tents that served as their homes for almost 10 months, their old clothes, objects and litter of consumed products. "Remnants of an existence they shed away from. Like snakes that change their skin, clothes can speak of a type of life and the bodies that have inhabited them." More than 587 families of irregular Haitian immigrants fled the Dominican Republic under threat in June 2015 after the PNRE. They returned to the southeastern Haitian border and until recently lived in makeshift camps near the town of Anse-à-Pitres.

L'oubli pour mensonge

Between October 2 and 4, 1937, the towns in the northwest of the Dominican Republic experienced the “Persil Massacre” . On the orders of the Trujillo dictatorship, Haitian immigrants and nationals are hunted down and then killed with knives by Dominican soldiers. According to some historians, more than 20,000 Haitians perished. A few months after the ignominy, Presidents Sténio Vincent (Haiti) and Rafael Trujillo (Dominican Republic) find an arrangement and prevent the Dominican Republic from diplomatic and regional sanctions. More than eight decades later, this genocide, known as the "Parsley Massacre", remains unrecognized by the Dominican state, as the last survivors die. Portraits of these survivors, places of memory and the legacy of a silent pogrom.

Voodoo ritual dress

Haiti's voodoo enthusiasts are not the rich, as we all know. This often means that detractors of this religious practice often question the rationality of spending rituals. Often exorbitant in relation to their standard of living. Among the obligations of expensive rituals, the dress of rituals. Almost every year the voodooists make the effort to have new dresses made in the colors and in anticipation of the new feasts of gods that are coming. It is a practice that is part of a sort of tradition of Haitian sapology. A game, not to get rid of an opponent, but rather to gain the favor of gods. Creativity is at the rendezvous, women and men alike every year revisit fashion, European and African colonial influences. Creations that will feed others next year.

Toro La Cou (Summer 2020)

Every year at Easter, the heirs of the Rara musical group “Toro La cou” barely manage to pay the musicians and thus honor the ancestral tradition. That, to bring the group to downtown Léogâne and thus defend the colors of Acul, their small village. The increasingly insane competition and the expenses it implies made 2017 particularly difficult for music lovers and chauvinists Acul citizens. Toro La Cou, this beautiful community of destinies put to the test of an increasingly expensive life and of competition in search of extravagance.

Les guérisseurs de l'ombre

“Les guérisseurs de l'ombre” is a film on the para-sanitary system for cure people in use in the Haitian suburbs for decades. He proposes through three characters who we could call healers, a certain Haitian conception and way of life which results from the deficiencies of the state structures. A nurse, a pastor and a voodoo priest are all that Georges Georges, a suburb nestled in the mountain upstream of Port-au-Prince, counts as health staff. "
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Pierre Michel Jean is a Haitian photojournalist & film director
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