As a mixed-race person, I see my body as a place of both distortion and reconciliation. My roots find themselves in an ever-changing constellation somewhere between the African continent, Europe, Haiti, and Montreal. As such, my aims as an artist are to build bridges between multiples dimensions and create work around various nations' ideas, representation, and identity.
I am a Canadian-Haitian artist and photographer who was born in Canada; I spent most of my childhood in Central Africa (Gabon) before moving to Dakar in Senegal and then to Paris (France). In 2017, I began exploring my Canadian-Haitian heritage; I took a DNA test and reached out to 1,224 people who share segments of my DNA. This marked the beginning of my attempt to research and construct an extended family portrait that articulates my reality: "As a person of mixed race, you portray the collision of two worlds. But you can also consolidate two distinct universes. I am white and black, I am Canadian and Haitian."
From 2014-16 I created two photographic series, Hair and Leopard, in which I documented the style and cultural signifiers found throughout the African continent and beyond, illustrating methods of portraying beauty and power, and initiating a discussion about identity and the relationship between Africa and the West.
My work has been exhibited widely, including in Cape Town, Amsterdam, Dubaï, Milan, Paris, New York, Toronto, Lagos , Dakar, and Singapore. In 2017, my shows included: From Mobutu to Beyonce (solo), Bronx Documentary Center (New York); Night of the Year, Les Rencontres d’Arles, projection (Arles, France); 1.54 Art Fair Galerie Magnin-A (New York); Afriques Capitales (group), curated by Simon Njami (Lille, France). Shows in 2015-16 included: Hair, Photo Vogue Festival (Milan); Leopard, Paris Photo Grand Palais, Gallery Magnin-A (Paris); Hair, Festival of Fashion and Photography (Hyeres, France); Passeport, Lagos Photos Festival (Lagos, Nigeria); Passeport, Photoquai, Biennnale du quai Branly (Paris).
In 2020 I was the recipient of a National Geographic Explorer grant to pursue my ongoing DNA project.
In 2019, I was invited as a National Geographic seminar speaker; in 2018 I was an artist-in-residence with Residency Unlimited in New York and with ELA-Espaço Luanda Arte in Angola. My work has appeared in numerous international publications such as Le Monde, Le Monde Magazine, Vogue, The New York Times, Dazed, ID-Vice The New Yorker, and Foam.