ART AND DESIGN FORUM - ARFD400
In collaboration with Residency Unlimited
Tessa Mars is a Haitian visual artist living and working in Port-au-Prince. She completed a bachelor in Visual Arts in France, at Rennes 2 University in 2006. Upon her return to Haiti the same year she started working as a Cultural projects coordinator at the AfricAméricA Foundation. She had her first exhibit in 2009 at the Georges Liautaud Museum in Port-au-Prince and since then her work as been shown in Canada, France, Italy and the United-States. Her recent work questions the role of history, customs and beliefs in the construction of the individual’s identity. Tessa Mars will present her current research project related to the construction of the Haitian immigrant identity. She will touch on previous work that explore notions of patriotism, national sovereignty and confronts them to the reality of an ever growing pessimistic view of the country’s future, a dependence on foreign funds and the idealization of a Western/American life style.