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On the EdgeWriting the Border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic$
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381601

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.001.0001

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The writing is on the wall: towards an open island and a complete structure

The writing is on the wall: towards an open island and a complete structure

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(p.346) Chapter Eleven The writing is on the wall: towards an open island and a complete structure
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On the Edge
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Maria Cristina Fumagalli

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381601.003.0012

This chapter discusses various video performances, two sculptures, a musical video and the song lyrics it illustrates, a painting, and a poem by Dominican and Haitian artists who saw the Haitian earthquake of 2010 as an opportunity to improve the relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic which share Hispaniola. These artists tried to play a central role to support and promote solidarity and the kind of cultural exchange which could make a difference in the wake of the disaster. Works by Francisco (Pancho) Rodríguez, Rita Indiana Hernández, and David Pérez Karmadavis, among others, assert — or in some cases reassert — that ‘a brighter future’ is contingent on a willingness to rectify some of the misconceptions and disabling continuities which characterise pre- and post-earthquake Hispaniola and continue to hinder across-the-border dialogue.

Keywords:   video performances, sculptures, artists, earthquake of 2010, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Francisco (Pancho) Rodríguez, Rita Indiana Hernández, David Pérez Karmadavis

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