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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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Performative Politics: TeleGhetto’s “Princes” in the Port

Performative Politics: TeleGhetto’s “Princes” in the Port

(p.176) Chapter Seven Performative Politics: TeleGhetto’s “Princes” in the Port
Riding with Death

Jana Evans Braziel

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the performative politics of the TeleGhetto project as performed by three “princes” in the “port”—Alex Louis, Steevens Simeon, and Romel Jean Pierre. The TeleGhetto project address the precarious lives lived in the streets of Port-au-Prince through the creative production of an improvised “Ghetto TV” that embodies an imaginative and performative politics of race, gender, sexuality, and populace that alters the cityscapes, mediascapes, and citizenscapes of the capital. Contextualizing the art performance piece within poststructuralist, feminist, and queer understandings of performativity, the chapter then argues that TeleGhetto is performance speech-act (doing things in words) as well as performance art and alternative media, or citizen journalism—a synergistic mode of creative production that produces social space in and on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

Keywords:   performative politics, TeleGhetto, Alex Louis, Steevens Simeon, Romel Jean Pierre, performativity, performance speech-act, performance art, alternative media, citizen journalism

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