BYENVENI Exhibition Opening Reception

BYENVENI is a multimedia exhibition that welcomes contemporary Haitian Diasporic art. This exhibition shines a spotlight on the creative expressions of eleven artists who focus on the theme of lakay (translated as home in Haitian-Kreyòl), and explore Haiti as both a cherished internal sanctuary, preserving cultural traditions and religious practices, as well as an external haven, a space of refuge, familial and communal development, a source of boundless joy, and the cornerstone of sovereignty. The exhibition will be on display February 15 – November 14, 2024.

The artists featured in BYENVENI encompass a spectrum of artistic styles, with works spanning from visual documentary to paintings, photography and conceptual approaches. They delve into the concept of lakay transcending geographical boundaries, examining how they serve as sanctuaries for some, yet not for all. Collectively, this body of work pays tribute to the myriad interpretations of what makes a home, family, kinship, and community in the current context of Haitians worldwide.

The show, organized by CCCADI Curator-At-Large Yvena Despagne, offers an immersive experience, including an intricate and vibrant fabric installation by Steven Baboun, Laurena Finéus and Madjeen Isaac’s elaborate oil paintings, an interactive component from Nic[o] Aziz, Metrès Riva Nyri Précil, Natacha Thys, and Oyasound Project, photography by Daveed Baptiste, along with reflections of sculptures by Tania L. Balan-Gaubert, Fabiola Jean-Louis and Tasha Dougé.

BYENVENI welcomes you to explore the captivating journey of contemporary Haitian art and to celebrate the enduring legacy of Haiti, a beacon of strength, and deep culture.
Lakay se Lakay: Home is Home.

There is no cost to attend!
Capacity is limited. RSVP is strongly encouraged, but walk-ups will be accepted if space allows.


Feb 15 2024


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 E 125th Street New York, NY 10035


Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI)
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