Personally I think the idea could have been executed with more attention to detail but art is art 😀 Here are a few words from Alice the photographer inspired to bring Tarot Cards to Life in the “Ghetto”
ALICE: The spirit of the Ghetto Tarot project is the inspiration to turn negative into positive while playing. The group of artists “Atiz Rezistans” use trash to create art with their own visions that are a reflection of the beauty they see hidden within the waste. They are claiming the word “Ghetto,” thus freeing themselves of its depreciating undertone and turning it into something beautiful.
Their act of appropriating a word loaded with unfavorable sentiments by altering its meaning in a playful way is in itself an act of inspiration. This undertaking of the Haitians made me realize that it lies only within us to assign value or judgment towards a tangible or intangible thing, which creates a positive or negative emotion.
If we realize that its a choice whether we look at destruction and see despair or to regard it as the start of something new, we can change the meaning of every word, action and sentiment. The consciousness of this choice is something I learned from the Haitian artists and we are sharing it together with the world through the Ghetto Tarot.
What was the most difficult part of this project? The most daunting obstacle/challenge you encountered while creating these images?
ALICE: The most difficult part of this project was the heat as well as the dust of Haiti and the fatigue that working under such circumstances brought with it. Moreover, we encountered difficulties when we went to places where people didn’t know us.
Some Haitians believe that people want to harm them with dark spiritual practices. Obviously we had nothing like that in mind, but we had to be careful of what we told them to avoid misconceptions. So, for example, when we photographed the “three of Pentacles” in front of a catholic church in Cité Soleil, the poorest slum of the country, we told the public that we were imitating the scene of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus instead of explaining the tarot photo project.
But all difficulties diminished in the flow of inspiration and enthusiasm that we all shared while replicating the scenes.
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