I met Romel, Racine, and Claudel in Port-Au-Prince, April 2013. Upon seeing some of their haunting and powerful sculptural work in the guest house I was staying in, I knew I had to meet them. Within a few hours I was racing the into the dusty dusky streets on the back of a moto taxi to get to their atelier before sun down. From the rubble of natural, economic and political disasters emerges Atis Rezistans, an artistic movement spearheaded by Andre Eugene. With multiple artists working as a community and movement Atis Rezistans breathes myth into material and is catalyzing community healing. It is A project by Haitians for Haitians, it is a story of spirit and creativity overcoming some of the most difficult conditions on earth.
In AUGUST 2012, Matador Network sent me on a 10-day, 1,300-mile journey through the heart of the territory. By 4×4, helicopter, and fixed wing, I experienced the region’s landscapes first-hand, and though I saw animals representing both the top of the food chain (like black bears and bison) and the bottom (like marmots), it was standing at the Dawson City Farmer’s Market, chatting with a man who has lived in a cave for the last 17 years that made me think that perhaps the most interesting wildlife in the area are the people. This is the first of a four part video series I produced while in the North. Check out more of my articles and videos with Matador Network here: http://matadornetwork.com/community/zackembree/articles/
I travelled to Port-Au-Prince with the Vancouver-based band The Boom Booms in April, 2013. This is a moment I captured at Haiti Communtiere, an innovation hub and maker space in Port-Au-Prince. In the back of the frame you will notice a 3D printer and an original print from JR's inside/out photographic project. Tom Van Dursen, lead guitarist of the Boom Booms and I spent an afternoon drinking prestige and chatting about life on the road. This is the song he shared with me. The Boom Booms: http://theboombooms.com/ Haiti Communitere: http://www.haiti.communitere.org/ Inside/Out: http://www.insideoutproject.net/en video: http://zackembree.com
This is the first of a series of interviews with indigenous leadership during the RIO+20 Earth Summit.
Nilson Tuwe Huni Kuĩ is an indigenous young leader and film-maker from the Huni Kuĩ Kaxinawá peoples of the Acre State in the Brazilian Amazon. Tuwe is President of the Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the Humaita River- ASPIRH, a filmmaker, and an indigenous agroforestry agent. Above all, Tuwe is a spokesperson and a messenger of his people. His work as an advocate and filmmaker intends to raise awarenesson the situation of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation in the Amazon.
This summer I spent 4 days on Gitxsan Territory in the Skeena river valley, northern BC. My host and guide was John Olson of the Gitsxan Unity Movement. In this video, John shares what he sees is being put at risk by large scale resource extraction projects such as the proposed Enbridge Pipeline. John is of the fireweed clan, and was interviewed for this video amongst the fireweeds of his favorite hunting ground.