Bruce Gilden discovered Haiti in 1984, during the famous Mardi Gras festivities. Fascinated by this country, he visited it numerous times until 1995, then after the earthquake of 2010. Gilden observed a poor territory, plagued by numerous natural disasters, but rich in a unique energy. As usual, the photographer strays from the beaten track. He travels the island and meets its inhabitants in the four corners of the country in situations that few would be willing to see. Like his practice, Gilden gets as close as possible to his subjects. A tension imbued with an almost surreal atmosphere emerges from his photographs.
With this series, published for the first time in 1996, and supplemented in this work with almost half of previously unpublished images, Bruce Gilden completes his photographic trilogy; after Lost and Found (2019) and Cherry Blossom(2021), Haiti closes the journey.
An essay by Haitian author Louis-Philippe Dalembert, taking a literary and poetic look at his work, completes this immersion in Creole country.
Atelier EXB (with the support of Fondation Antoine de Galbert)
Text by Louis-Philippe Dalembert
Published in september 2023
21,5 x 29 cm
144 pages, 81 photographies