Konbit Shelter – Haiti Report – Swoon

Konbit Shelter and Guilds invite you to HAITI REPORT – A report-back, benefit and celebration dedicated to the children and families of Komye, Haiti.
Wednesday, April 30th, 7-10 PM

Tribeca Grand
2 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013

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After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, artist Caledonia Curry (also known as Swoon) and a small group of U.S. artists and builders formed a group called Konbit Shelter and began working with the village of Komye, located a few miles from the epicenter of the quake. Within six months, Konbit had mobilized their creative community, raising funds to build new structures using the highly resilient SuperAdobe construction method and creating 70 construction jobs for residents in the process. The project resulted in three SuperAdobe structures, the centerpiece of which is a three-dome community center with 20-foot ceilings that terminate in an oculus, letting in the abundant sunlight of Haiti.

Since the quake, Konbit’s relationship with the village has evolved. Now that Komye is no longer in the immediate aftermath of structural devastation, thoughts have turned towards what would be necessary to activate the center as a place dedicated to the children of the village. To this end, Konbit has been collaborating with Guilds, a learning center design group, to work with Komye families towards creating an inviting environment for play and inquiry within the domes. In January 2014, Guilds and Konbit traveled to Haiti to present a workshop to the children of Komye with a focus on light, optics, and early photography, creating a giant camera obscura in the process.

Having returned, Guilds and Konbit will share the story of how the children of interacted with the provocations of the workshop, and discuss the ways in which these structures are being utilized by the families of Komye.

All proceeds will go towards the creation of a resilient, community-run learning center in Komye, Haiti.

7 PM Drinks
8 PM Film, Talks, Q&A
9 PM Haitian dance, DJ

Featuring a presentation by
Caledonia Curry (SWOON) – www.konbitshelter.org
Bryan Welch – www.guilds.co
Alyssa.Dennis – www.alyssadennis.com

A film by
Fredric King – www.fountainhead.com

Photographs by
Tod.Seelie – www.todseelie.com
Bryan Welch

Artworks by
Caledonia Curry (SWOON)
Alyssa Dennis

$20-50 suggested donation

To RSVP please write us at RSVP@guilds.co
For additional information, contact bryan@guilds.co