This is part two of a project that began as a collaboration between students at Morpeth School and the Atis Rezistans community from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The name Tele Geto derives from an artwork created by young people from the Atis Rezistans community of Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince (Ti Moun Rezistans) during the Ghetto Biennale which took place there in December 2009. Three weeks after the Biennale Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake that left hundreds of thousands of people dead and many more injured and homeless. In the wake of the disaster I sent a camera and microphone to Ti Moun Rezistans so that they could start making films about their lives after the quake which could be shown on the internet. At this same time I was approached by Andrew Cooper from the Portman Gallery to curate a show with students from Morpeth School.
The first show, which took place in May 2010, consisted of the videos made by Ti Moun Rezistans and sculptures made by Morpeth students during workshops with three of the senior artists from Atis Rezistans.
For ‘Globe Town Speaks Back’ a group of 6th form students took part in a ‘Naturalizations’ workshop with the US-based Mexican artist Pedro Lash, who had also participated in the Ghetto Biennale. Fifteen students took part in the workshops wearing mirror-masks, reflecting on how the experience effected them and documenting their experiences on video.
The workshops were followed by short talks on the subject of Pareidolia – the psychological phenomena of seeing intentional forms in random structures or patterns – by Lisa Cradduck and Andrew Cooper. Pareidolia is a characteristic of the way in which Ti Moun Rezistans artists approach their sculptures, finding faces, figures and forms in everyday and discarded materials.
Students then went out to capture pareidolic images in the studios, school building and surrounding areas.
The material from the workshops were then made into short one-minute films by students who participated in the video workshops.
The show also includes independent works made in response to the project by Joseph Betteridge and Razmin Haque.
Below are some images of the show.