"Seeking Symbols" is a cross cultural photographic project, to be completed Summer 2012.
Hi, my name is Annie Jordan, a photographer based in Richmond, Vermont. The morphic quality and gritty texture of film compliments my experience of our seemingly invisible inner landscapes contrasted with our external natural environments. As bold colors seep into rainbowed hues on a rivers' current, so too does our collective world blend unique culture's. "Seeking Symbols" aims to explore Haiti's (Ayiti's) rich ancestral lens translated and morphed by modernity and its' varied landscapes.
Through my travels in Caribbean and Central American countries, I have become attracted to their unique histories in the Western hemisphere. Physically small, located in the intersection of continents, a blend of Indigenous, African, and European cultures, their complex societies act as portals to the global community.
This photographic project focuses on the youth of Limbe, Ayiti, whom I met in 2010 a couple of months after the devastating earthquake that took more than 150,000 lives. I was part of a documentary team with Bay of Rainbows Production documenting the emergence of a local community non-profit called Helping Hands Noramise in Limbe. The unexpected gift of that experience was meeting the youth and their art.
Through their stories shared in poetic verse, spray painted graffiti t-shirts, and colored canvases, these youth invited me into their Santeria ancestry and complex futures. What I witnessed was the emergence of certain symbols that hold archetypal patterns of memory and the possibilities of being in relationship to oneself, community, and landscape. Symbols and archetypes link our seemingly separate realities through their emotive and amebic qualities. Symbols bypass language barriers by speaking to and through our emotions and triggering our imaginal potentials. Photography helps me translate such abstract communication.
The symbolic photographs which will come from this project aim to bring you, the viewer, into a dialogue with the youth of Limbe and an experience of stepping out of your normal lens and into a more diverse and imaginal reality. The money raised will go towards the cost of film, development, prints, framing, travel costs, and host site processing fees.
The Goal is to create a series of photographs to be exhibited in galleries, schools, and private showings in the United States and abroad to keep our global lines of communication open. For what stories lay hidden beneath the canvas? What meanings are to be made from the symbols?
A website will be launched to host this storytelling photographic project upon completion, so stay tuned!
Thank you for your consideration and time in checking out my project and the art work of Limbe's youth!!
- Annie Jordan -
And Thank You for any and all funds pledged to help "Seeking Symbols" reach the stated goal of $1750.00 and therefore be successful!!
- (30 days)