“This story is for those whose identity falls on a blurry line, for diaspora children who are stuck between two cultures and are learning they don’t have to pick one,” multidisciplinary maker Daveed Baptiste explains of his recent series, “From Haiti to Hood.” A recent Parsons graduate with a BFA in Fashion Design, Baptiste utilizes his fashion and textile design skills to construct sets depicting intimate home environments rich in references to his home country of Haiti. Drawing inspiration from his upbringing in America, his immigration to this land, and the resilience and innovation of the Haitian communities he grew up in, the work draws attention to the dual identities of his experience as an immigrant.
Baptiste’s photographs have been published in The New Yorker and American Vogue, and exhibited at Red Hook Labs, Photoville, and Aperture. He is currently a 2020 Lakou NOU resident at the Haiti Cultural Exchange.
See more from “Haiti to Hood” below!