FRANCKS DECEUS


STATEMENT


As a Haitian immigrant or “refugee”, as I was sometimes referred to while growing up in Brooklyn during the 1980s, it was difficult to maintain explicit social and cultural ties to more than one place at a time. This created a constant struggle with identity and acceptance. This body of work is an attempt to dig deeper into the construct of my Identity as a native Haitian, juxtaposed with an African American context. Moreover despite my Haitian Nationality I am often confronted and subjugated to harsh scrutiny, solely based on complexion.

Too often, projection is replaced by perception, and I am quickly labeled as other, in a way that polarizes my image while marginalizing its core value. My objective is to create a platform for meaningful discourse in hopes of fostering a state of collectivity.