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Riding with DeathVodou Art and Urban Ecology in the Streets of Port-au-Prince$
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Jana Evans Braziel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812742

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812742.001.0001

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Producing Port-au-Prince

Producing Port-au-Prince

(p.33) Chapter One Producing Port-au-Prince
Riding with Death

Jana Evans Braziel

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the theoretical terms for understanding the intersections of urban art, ecology, and economy in an underdeveloped city like Haiti's capital, arguing for the social production of Port-au-Prince through activist, political, civic, international, nongovernmental, and even artistic modes of creative urban production. It offers three spatiotemporal or geographic-historical models for understanding the Grand Rue Galerie as a site that is structured and mediated by social forces, relationships internal and external, and interrelationalities with and within Port-au-Prince, its surrounding suburban neighborhoods both affluent and abjectly impoverished, the national context of Haiti, the region of the Caribbean, the hemisphere of the Americas, and the larger globe defined by art markets and artists. These three models are imprecise ones but suggest different alignments in the social production of space.

Keywords:   urban art, ecology, economy, Haiti, social production, Port-au-Prince, urban production, Grand Rue Galerie, art markets, artists

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