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Pitit Tig / Children of Tigers is an introduction to contemporary Haitian art for the Denver, Colorado community. This group exhibition draws on the richness of Haitian history, spirituality and language to form a sample for those who are less familiar, and a reminder for those who are already acquainted.
Featuring the work of Lissa Jeannot, Herold Pierre-Louis, Marithou, Hugue Joseph, Jacky Charles, Wildaine Charles, Ferret Charles, Mme Moreau, Viktor El-Saieh and Pierre Louis — Pitit Tig / Children of Tigers is a multi-generational project which includes mentors, siblings, masters, disciples, offspring and grandchildren (among others) of individuals who’ve made and continue to make a major impact in the world of Haitian art. The children of tigers are facilitators, teachers, leaders, helpers, and, most importantly; revolutionaries.
“By creating a society in which all people, of all colors, were granted freedom and citizenship, the Haitian Revolution forever transformed the world. It was a central part of the destruction of slavery in the Americas, and therefore a crucial moment in the history of democracy, one that laid the foundation for the continuing struggles for human rights everywhere. In this sense we are all descendants of the Haitian Revolution, and responsible to these ancestors.”
A mixture of wooden and ceramic sculpture, textile works, paintings and drawing will give those interested a window into the universe of contemporary Haitian art; a universe which holds within it many worlds — each with its own unique symbols, characters and messages — woven together carefully by artists whose personal vision is always buoyed by a shared history of overcoming impossible odds.
This exhibition is ultimately an invitation to share in the sublime glory and captivating beauty of art produced by individuals with deep connections to a specific place; the land of many mountains — where the Children of Tigers battle and find solace.
Viktor El-Saieh was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and raised in Miami, Florida. He holds a BA in International Affairs from Florida International University (FIU), and an MA in Teaching Secondary Social Studies from the University of Colorado (CU). El-Saieh’s work has been exhibited at Locust Projects, Miami; David Castillo Gallery, Miami; Central Fine, Miami Beach; and El-Saieh Gallery, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, among other venues. El-Saieh’s work is part of the collections of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and the Pérez Art Museum Miami. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado, and is represented by Central Fine in Miami Beach, Florida.