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Timoun Klere – Children of the Gran Rue

About the Artist

Artist Apali with one of his works, February, 2014. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
Works by Timoun Klere artists, February, 2014. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2014).
"Timoun". Two of the children of the Gran Rue, November, 2009. (Photograph © Anthony Hart Fisher 2009).

The "Timoun" are the junior members of the "Gran Rue" community of artists who live in the alleys and shanty towns off of the Grand Rue (officially the Boulevard Jean-Jacques Desallines), and make art out of "recycled materials" (otherwise known as trash). Originally the main shopping street of Port-au-Prince, the street was in an advanced state of decay when I visited in November 2009. The group, which goes by the name "Atis Rezistans" has exhibited internationally, and in December 2009 hosted an art event known as the Ghetto Bienniale 2009. The leading artists of this group are Andre Eugene, Jean Herard Celeur and Guyodo. They operate informal outdoor art schools for the children of the neighborhood, who are known collectively as the"timoun" (Kreyol for children). One group calls itself the "Timoun Rezistans". Another group, led by artst Guyodo, is known as "Timoun Klere". Two months later when "Goudou-Goudou", the great Haitian earthquake struck on January 12th, most of the buildings along the street were destroyed. Louco, one of the adult artists in the community, died when the building he was in collapsed. One of the few mercies of this catastrophe was that most of the people in the shantytown survived the earthquake, since their shacks were mostly single-storey, and built of tin , wood and other relatively light materials. When I returned to visit the community in January, 2014, it had survived, grown and become something of an institution. There have been two more "Ghetto Bienniale's" in 2011 and 2013. The artists have been featured in more international exhibits, flims, and museum shows such as the recent Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou at Nottingham Contemporary in the UK, and In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art, at UCLA's Fowler Museum. The timoun, of course, are four years older. They have lived through the earthquake, have seen much more exposure for their artwork, and some have even been abroad for schooling and exhibitions.

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Mother and Child (Erzulie)
SKU: MND-1001

Mother and Child (Erzulie)
Mondy (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Acrylic on plywood (12 1/4 x 8 1/2), c. 2010

 

$150
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Red Faced Figure with Wings
SKU: SNSN-1404

Red Faced Figure with Wings 
Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood, c. 2014
(8 1/2" x 7")

 

$140
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Orange Djab
SKU: MSN-1002

Orange Djab
Monson (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint on recycled wood (13" x 8 1/2), c. 2013

$130
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Red Faced Djab
SKU: SNSN-1401

Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood
c. 2014 (7 1/2" x 6 1/2")

$ 125
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Black and Green Face
SKU: APL-1402

Black and Green Face 
Apali (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint on recycled plywood c. 2014
(8 1/4" x 8 1/8")

 

$120
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Red Faced Dog
SKU: SNSN-1402

Red Faced Dog
Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood, c. 2014
(6 3/4" x 4 3/4")

 

$100
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Red Faced Dog with Yellow Mask
SKU: SNSN-1403

Red Faced Dog with Yellow Mask 
Sonson (Grand Rue, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Paint and rubber inner-tube on recycled plywood, c. 2014
(6 3/4" x 4 1/2")

$100
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