Now in its fifth year, the year-long Lakou Nou artist residency program allows artists to connect their skills to community needs. Through the program, four artists will each receive $7,000 to implement community art projects in Canarsie, Flatbush, Crown Heights and East Flatbush.
From 2011 to 2012, he photographed the businesses he frequented along the strip from Nostrand to Franklin Avenues and interviewed Caribbean business owners who were seeing the changes unfolding before their eyes. Mom-and-pop shops where the owners spoke Haitian Creole were either vacant or had transformed into trendy eateries.
In one piece titled Madame Beauvoir’s Painting, the artist Fabiola Jean-Louis highlights the strength and fortitude of women, while providing subtle commentary on the spectrum of the Black identity. Madame Beauvoir’s Painting is inspired by 18th-century French portraits of elite, white women. However, instead of a white woman pictured in the ornate dress, Jean-Louis inserts Madame Beauvoir – a black woman.