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Live Graffiti Event with Haiti’s Jerry Moise Rosembert
Friday, August 10 | 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Graffiti artist Jerry Moise Rosembert – whose bold murals in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti made him a folk hero – will make a pop-up graffiti stop at the Mariposa on Friday, August 10th from 1pm to 6:30pm. This event will include two live demonstrations of his work (at 1:15pm and 3:30pm), a small show of recent watercolors, and a talk about his experiences at 5:30pm.
Admission to the event (people may come and go throughout the afternoon) is free for members and $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children.
Jerry’s appearance at the Mariposa is the first in a series of programs linked to the museum’s current featured exhibit, The Big Book: Pages for Peace, which celebrates the roles of youth, the arts, and writing in peacemaking. Jerry’s visit is sponsored by the Jack Daniels Motor Inn in Peterborough.
About Jerry Moise Rosembert
Before the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Port-au-Prince graffiti artist Jerry Moïse Rosembert worked in secret during the night time, using spray paint to leave visual messages on the city’s cement block walls that combined humor with clever and often heartbreaking social commentary. In a country where political retaliation was commonplace, it was a dangerous occupation. Jerry’s full identity was unknown to most residents who knew only the signature, “Jerry.”
After the earthquake, which killed over 100,000 people and left tens of thousands of others homeless, Jerry came out of the shadows. In the months that followed the disaster, when aid failed to reach many most in need, his work became an expression of the grief and pain the country was experiencing as well as a call for hope and courage. In murals around the city, his murals bore slogans like, “I love Haiti” and “Haiti will not perish.” As it drew crowds in the street, Jerry’s work attracted the unlikely admiration of police officers as well as the condemnation by a prominent politician. For many Haitians, it was a symbol of resilience and strength.
Jerry’s talent for visual storytelling earned him contracts with groups like UNICEF and Catholic Relief Services, who used his art in health education campaigns. But in his own work, he continued to critique foreign aid and Haiti’s post-quake political squabbles, depicting the corruption that weighed on the aid effort and the deadly cholera outbreak inadvertently caused by UN peacekeepers.