Edward Craft is an artist living and working in Jacmel Haiti. He owns a photographic archive of Haitian religious culture as a lived experience, as well as the papier-mache masks, puppets and floats that have been produced for Jacmel's annual Carnival festival. He has participated in a number of group shows and other visual arts collaborations and special projects in Haiti. He is currently working on a new body of paintings for a forthcoming solo exhibition in Trinidad.
The overarching methodology for this show seeks to use the multiple platforms of new internet technologies. This process is a way in which to "dissolve the boundaries" which have separated art practices around the globe. These shows in the Tate's Oil Tanks allow us an opportunity to participate in a collaborative exhibition in London, with us in the Caribbean. Trinidad & Haiti - Visual Art Exchanges comes out of an 18-month series of exchanges and on-going conversations among the seven of us who are participating. Johnson, Ramesar and Kain from Trinidad, and Ambroise, Ernst, Craft and Faublas from Jacmel Haiti. Our seven interconnected bodies of work being presented range from film, sculpture, craft, drawing, painting and recuperated found materials. They centre on investigations in the context of Haiti, merging a view through a Trinidadian lens, with a Haitian visual language which speaks back to the viewer. This exchange has enabled critical conversations which continue to inform our art practices on both islands.