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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

Kaiama L. Glover: “Haiti and the Fictions of History”

This lecture offers a broad comparative meditation on modes of storytelling Haiti’s past, specifically in the wake of increased and sudden mainstream attention to that history on such platforms as the New York Times – “Haiti: The Ransom Project” – and HBO – Raoul Peck’s Exterminate All the Brutes. Thinking through both Edouard Glissant’s engagement with History/histories/stories from a Caribbean perspective and Saidiya Hartman’s fraught archival encounters, Kaiama L. Glover considers the prose fiction works of three contemporary Haitian women writers as historiographic interventions of a particular order.