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Voltaire Hector, 2007
When Aristide won election in1990.
27-590, 20"x24" $1,500

Voltaire Hector, 2007
Aristide preaching liberation before 1986.
27-269, 20"x24"  $SOLD

Voltaire Hector, 2007
Masacer at Saint Jean Bosco Nov 1988.
27-268, 20"x24" $SOLD

Voltaire Hector, 2008
28-129, 30"x40" $3,000

As a French colony in the 1700s, Haiti became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half-million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'Ouverture. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first black republic, with a declaration of independence in 1804. This represented a significant threat to the slavery-based world economic system. International meddling and national political corruption began almost immediately. Authoritarian, militarist, and repressive regimes have been endemic to the country ever since. 

Andre Blaise, 2005
George W. Bush feeds Jean
Bertrand Aristide to the sharks.

25-144, 20"x24," $SOLD

Voltaire Hector, 2005
Burning the market "Tet Boeuf" an anti
government demostration May 31, 2005.

25-194, 20"x24," $SOLD

Recent Haitian history may be divided into the Duvalier era and the post-Duvalier era. From 1957-1986, Haiti was ruled by "Papa Doc" Francois Duvalier ('57-'71), and then his son, "Baby Doc" Jean-Claude Duvalier ('71-'86). This period of relative stability was enforced by widespread, government-led terrorism. It is said that as many as 50,000 Haitians were murdered on orders of the government during this time. The agents responsible for these murders were often the Haitian Armed Forces, the paramilitary Volunteers for National Security ("Tontons Macoutes"), or Baby Doc's personal palace guard unit, the "Leopards."

Agathe Aladin, 2004
In 1530, Spanish settlers received the island's first shipment of African slaves.
24-437, 20"x24," $SOLD

Agathe Aladin, 2004
Slaves being punished.
24-436, 20"x24," $375
In 1990, many were optimistic about a change in Haiti. Jean-Bertrand Aristide, born as a peasant and educated as a Catholic priest, was elected to the presidency. His socialist rhetoric appealed to Haiti's poverty-stricken majority, but created powerful enemies among business elites. He has survived numerous assasination attempts, and has been overthrown by coup d'etat twice. In 2004, while serving his second elected term in office, Aristide was again overthrown. The interim government has been unable to control an increasingly violent Haiti. Elections are scheduled for November, 2005.
Artists Who Address Political Themes
Agathe Aladin,| Gerard Fortune,| Voltaire Hector,| Ferdinand Molin,| Jean Sylvestre,| Frantz Zephirin
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