Haiti n'est pas ici
video | rt 4:25 | 2004
A few days after the 2004 fall of the Aristide government in Haiti, I began to think about how it might be possible to think differently, tangentially about a political history in which many more rulers have been either killed or driven from power than completed their term. I asked the artist Tony Cruz to draw the political history of Haiti on the empty walls of a downtown San Juan office. Eight months earlier the Haitian consulate has closed its office in a nearby building. Cruz had been doing a series of 'distance drawings' recently. In those drawings he meticulously marked and measured the distance between his home in San Juan and whatever latitude and longitude he happened to be in. This video is the result of this collaboration.