Welcome to the first official post of the Kolektif 509 blog!
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Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions below. Check back for updates! Peace & Art
1) What does Kolektif 509 mean?
"Kolektif" is the Kreyol translation of the english word "collective". Traditionally, a collective is an initiative that is the result of a group of artists working together, usually under their own management, towards shared aims (source: Wikipedia). Although we are not a true collective in the traditional sense, we still share the same idea of bringing likeminded artists together to showcase to the rest of the world, what new innovations are going on in the Haitian art sector. 509 is the international country code for Haiti. Because Kolektif 509 aims to bring awareness to the Haitian art scene both locally AND internationally, we felt that the number 509 was appropriate.
2) How can I be part of Kolektif 509?
Kolektif 509 seeks to find emerging and established artists in Haiti that are bringing something new to the table. Artists who would like to be considered to be part of the Kolektif 509 network are encourage to send a biography and samples of their work (Painting, sculptures, photography, digital art, installations, ect.) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of photos does not guaranetee a spot in Kolektif 509. We are very specific with the artwork we'd like to showcase. We are looking for the movers and shakers of art, the innovators, the one's that like to think outside the box! If we like what we see, we will contact the artists to schedule a meeting and take it from there! If your artwork is not selected, it doesn't mean that you aren't good enough. It just means that your artwork may not fit into the style that we are trying to promote.
3) Why should I be part of the Kolektif 509 network?
One of the goals of Kolektif 509 is to give EXPOSURE to emerging and established artists. This is done through a variety of ways:
Kolektif 509 website: Each artist in the Kolektif 509 network will have their own personal biography page on our website which will also include samples of their artwork. For those who are interested, artists can also choose to sell their artwork on our online boutqiue store. (coming soon!)
Individual and Collective Art Exhibits: Roughly every two to three months, Kolektif 509 organizes group art exhibits with 9 new artists at Villa Kalewes, Petionville's oldest standing gingerbread house. For some of the Kolektif 509 artists, the exhibit represents an opportunity to network and at times has opened up new doors. Kolektif 509 also actively seeks out new opportunities for artists by linking up with local businesses and organizations to find creative ways to promote their artwork.
4) What's the history behind Kolektif 509?
Kolektif 509 was the brainchild of husband and wife team Valerie Noisette and Xavier Dalencour- who also happen to be emerging Contemporary artists. Because like attracts like, both Valerie and Xavier found themselves gravitating more towards artists. "A lot of my friends are artists, and I noticed that some of them had amazing talent, however they never exposed in Haiti for various reasons. Some were shy, some simply didn't have the time, and for others, they just didn't have the opportunity. I am always a firm believer that if you can't find the perfect opportunity, then you create the perfect opportunity. I won't lie, initially, when I organized the first exhibit "9 Vizyon" in April 2014, I was a bit nervous. I didn't know what to expect, and had concerns of whether or not we could really pull it off- bringing 9 artists together to build a fabulous exhibit. With hardwork, determination, dedication, and the powers of the universe, the first Kolektif 509 group exhibit was conceived, and the response was overwhelming. Over 400 people showed up to the opening night, and we knew that we really had something going. The experience working with the 9 artists was incredible. Our energies blended so well, and because we were all in the same boat (being artists), we spoke a language that we all understood." The second exhibit, "Rasin" which was held in June 2014 was also a huge success- eight new artists were added to the Kolektif 509 team. The excitement and interest in the Kolektif 509 exhibits confirmed that the arts & culture are appreciated in Haiti, and there is a hunger for these types of events." Although Kolektif 509 is still a baby, they hope to grow in the upcoming years, eventually becoming one of Haiti's finest networks of Haitian Contemporary Fine art.