Flying High for Haiti, a nonproﬁt organization focused on children’s education and art, presents a photography exhibition marking the anniversary of Hurricane Matthew.
The month-long exhibition, “Ile-a-Vache: A year after Hurricane Matthew,” opens November 2 and shows from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at SmithDavidson Gallery in Ironside, Miami. At the opening, Edwige Danticat, the famous Haitian-American author, will offer the welcoming remarks.
The photos exhibited will be on sale to help the rebuilding effort in Ile-a-Vache.
The island suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Matthew after it blew over the southwestern peninsula of Haiti October 4, 2016 with devastating 145 mph winds, flooding coastal communities and ripping roofs off buildings. Ile-a-Vache is an impoverished island of about 5 miles off the southwest coast of Haiti and was ill-prepared to withstand hurricane force winds and massive storm surge.
The eye of Matthew passed only 35 miles west of Ile-a-Vache, destroying many homes.
Flying High for Haiti is a nonprofit organization focused on children’s education whose principal mission is to fund Ecole du Village, a community school in Ile-à-Vache. The island’s 10,000 inhabitants live mostly off local agriculture and fishing, and Hurricane Matthew took away their livelihood by destroying crops, livestock and locally-made fishing boats.
“Most of the farmers and fisherman eke out a subsistence living and have no savings with which to rebuild,” said Ines Lozano, who founded FHFH after the 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti.
The farmers need to buy new animals and seeds to replant, and the fisherman need materials to build new boats and nets.
Award-winning photographers Jason Henry and Stefanie Moshammer traveled to Haiti with FHFH after Matthew to document the damage and begin fundraising for reconstruction. “Ile-a-Vache is a window into a simpler time, it’s people having a supreme connection to the land and the sea, sprinkled with the evidence of western influence such as plastics and social media providing a fascinating juxtaposition of progress,” said Henry.
Henry was born and raised in the sprawling suburbs of the north end of South Florida. As a youth, he was drawn to his surrounding community’s class inequality, bred by institutional discrimination and legacy segregation. He focuses on the mundanity and banality of post-Cold War life with a whimsical, yet scathing eye.
Moshammer was born in Vienna in 1988. After graduating from Fashion School Vienna, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design & Photography at University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Afterwards she attended the BA in Advanced Visual Storytelling at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
Founded in 1969, SmithDavidson Gallery is one of the leading galleries in the Netherlands and USA, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art, including Contemporary Photography. It is located at 580 Northeast 4th Court, suite 107 and 108, in Miami.