Ayiti Beyond the Mountains (Mountainous Land Beyond the Mountains)
30 x 40 inches
Acrylic on Canvas
*Available for Purchase
Ayiti Beyond the Mountains is a Taino-Haitian influenced wordplay based on Haiti’s Indigenous Taino name “Ayiti” meaning, “Mountainous Land”. The Haitian Proverb, Dye mon, gen mon (Beyond the Mountains, more Mountains) is commonly used among Haitians to express that with every trial that presents itself, another trial follows. This is especially true of the Island of Haiti, the first free Black Republic in the Americas, often plagued by political unrest, natural disasters, and demonizing archetypes by its historical oppressors. Ayiti Beyond the Mountains, or Mountainous Land Beyond the Mountains seeks to disrupt this narrative, viewing the high lands of Haiti as seen from its Diaspora on airplanes approaching Port-Au-Prince: Fertile, Promising, and Clothed in the bright colors of Carnival.