- “Reconoci.do: Dominicans of Haitian Descent”
Beginning in Fall 2014, this project will provide members of the youth group reconoci.do from the Dominican Republic with three cameras, asking them to document their lives, as well as the situations that Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants face in their everyday life. This group is facing an increasingly hostile environment because many Dominicans of Haitian descent have been recently stripped of their Dominican citizenship by the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal. This action is only one of the most recent actions reflecting a long history of discrimination towards Haitian migrants, and their children, many of whom are frequently seen in the Dominican Republic as blacker than the local population. Reconoci.do has been active at addressing these matters over the past four years. The project will collaborate with the photographers and museum staff to select 15 photographs for an exhibit at the JMSA beginning in March 2015. In the spring, a member of reconoci.do as well as Alvaro Botero, a lawyer at the Interamerican Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of American States, will be invited to a panel discussion and reception to present the photos and videos taken by reconoci.do youth.
Reconoci.do Event Video
- Panel IV: Examining African Heritage and Blackness in Caribbean and Latin American Popular Culture
March 12, 2015 CLLAS Symposium: “Public Engagement in Latin@ and Latin American Studies”