Tante Cilet

How Nannite became Aunt Cilet (2015)

Cardboard boxes, paint, and 71 digital projections from analogue images
Dimensions ±13feet (wide) x ±10feet (height)

The shared phenomena of archiving and recycling photographic memories through family albums remains a critical point of cohesion for the Haitian diaspora. 

Conceptual-artist jean-Ulrick Desert uses his mother as the visual fulcrum of a life spanning the Caribbean and extended familial influences. 

Our propensity to perform for the camera is evident in a  family record that reflects changes in photography including large and medium format  photography, slide film, instamatic and polaroid and the ubiquitous digital selfies of our day.

Note: a short video excerpt may be viewed by clicking in the footnotes below.

This artwork was created specifically for the exhibition From Withing and Without / The History of Haitian Photography curated by artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.

  1. VIDEO excerpt of the installation may be seen on this website's blog
  2. www.NSUArtMuseum.org has an exhibition text online .
  3. An exhibition catalog accompanies this show. Details may be found when available on the museum's website