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REGINE ROMAIN
 
Rue des Miracles
Photograph 2010 16" x 20"

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

"Ayiti
put a spell on me.
From inception
deep, beyond my mothers womb
her waters nourished me,
birthed me.
Ayiti
put a spell on me
and to know me
is to see her.
My magic is her spell." -Regine Romain © Ayiti (Haïti), February 2010

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I travel to live and live to travel. As a gypsy, I sojourn within a Haitian-American identity liberally dashed with hybrid languages, customs, traditions and delicious folklore.  As a photo-anthro-journalist, my sojourns abroad are rootical expeditions, most often pilgrimages, exploring indigenous intelligence, languages, proverbs, music, dance,  sustainable natural living, ritual and spiritual practices throughout the African diaspora.   Many of the photographic images that I share offer visual insight into the lives of beautiful, and often misrepresented people. My photography provides a mirror to a rich  vibrant world as I look into the black space, into the black face. I share the remarkable faces and stories of the African diaspora to celebrate oneness and advance freedom for all.

 

RESUME

EDUCATION

2008 Masters; Photography & Urban Culture; Goldsmiths, University of London; London, England
1995 Bachelor of Science; International Studies; Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

NON-PROFIT & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

08/08 – Present Director/Founder; Brooklyn Photo Salon; Brooklyn, NY
As the Director and Founder of the Brooklyn Photo Salon – I work on the design, curating, fundraising, strategic planning, and community partnership building for the project as it slowly emerges into a social entrepreneurial and community arts service organization. Betwixt light and shadows, film and digital, the Brooklyn Photo Salon provides a reflective gaze on photography, while fostering a dynamic, interactive inter-generational exchange and evolution between photographers and the community. Our signature program is The Quarterly Salons, which brings photography, food, and community together in a natural creative oasis of a safe neighborhood setting in Crown Heights. The Quarterly Salons pay homage to the salons held during the Harlem Renaissance, while actively participating and shaping the contemporary Brooklyn renaissance. Our new and upcoming programs include: BPS Fellows, Living Legends, The Annual Exhibition, BPS Community Workshops, The Social Documentary Project and International LENS. The Brooklyn Photo Salon is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and is an award recipient of the Brooklyn Art Council’s Re-grant Program.

10/08 – 7/09 Director of Education; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Brooklyn, NY
As the Director of Education, I developed, coordinated and executed the full breadth of MoCADA’s educational public programs. In addition, responsibilities for this post included: soliciting schools in the NYC DOE for guided tours, coordinating artist residencies with school administrators; writing curriculum for new programs and refining existing concepts; hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating appropriate teaching artists for residencies; recruiting and training interns/fellows for MoCADA’s new Youth Arts/Media Fellowship; overseeing and coordinating all grant-funded programs; overseeing Education Department fiscal matters; and coordinating professional development for teachers and teaching artists. Served as editor and creative director of MoCADA’s first curriculum guide entitled, Diaspora Diaries: An Educator’s Guide to MoCADA Artists, which was published in Fall 2009. In addition this post encouraged collaborations with community members and community based organizations to foster relationships and collaborative projects.

11/05 – 6/06 Site Director; Brooklyn College Community Partnership; Brooklyn, NY
Coordinate college preparatory program, academic tutorials, mentoring and after-school arts programming provided by local artists and Brooklyn College service learning students to the 6th –8th grade student population of IS 291 in the Bushwick community in Brooklyn, NY.

11/04 – 06/05 Youth/Festival Coordinator; Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival; New York, NY
Coordinated with youth, organizing and advisory committees to create the 8th Annual Urban Visionaries Youth Film Festival as a dynamic forum for youth to raise and discuss social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting their lives through screenings, performances, post-film discussions, a video slam, a youth art exhibit, and a networking reception with community members and funders at the Museum of Television & Radio.

09/01 – 09/04 VISUAL ARTS/LITERACY Teacher; P.S. 89/Cypress Hills Community School; Brooklyn, NY

Taught the fundamentals of visual arts and literacy to K- 8th grade students in a dual language academic environment (English/Spanish) to promote creative self-expression while integrating and observing social dynamics, recording reflections and creating multi-media art. Multiple student photography exhibits were held at P.S. 89, a local Washington Mutual Bank and the NY Historical Society.

PUBLICATIONS

Romain, Regine (ed.) Diaspora Diaries: An Educator’s Guide to MoCADA Artists. New York: MoCADA, 2009.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Cameroon, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Peru and Spain

PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS & PRESENTATIONS

2010 Addis Foto Fest 2010, Laphto Complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2010 Professional Development for Educators on Haïti, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
2009 Lecture & Urban PhotoPoets Workshop, Ai Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL
2009 Lecture, Family Archival Photographs, United Nations Photography Society, New York, NY
2009 Lecture Panelist, Double Exposure Symposium, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
2006 Urban PhotoPoets, Artist/Coordinator/Grant Writer, East Side Community High School & Caribbean Cultural Center,
New York, NY – Funded by the Center for Arts Education (CAE)
2004 Urban PhotoPoets, Teacher, Cypress Hills Community School (P.S. 89), Brooklyn, NY
Home of the Free – A Photojournalism Project, Teacher, P.S. 89, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Calidoscopio Cubano Photography, Teacher & Coordinator, Havana, Cuba
2002 Home of the Free – A Photojournalism Project, Teacher, P.S. 89, Brooklyn, NY
2001 World Studio Foundation’s HELP KIDS CREATE Poster Project, Mentor, Center for Cuban Studies, NY

GRANTS & AWARDS

2011 Artist-In-Residence (A.I.R.) Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Brooklyn Arts Council Re-grant Award for the Brooklyn Photo Salon, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Youth Media Learning Network (YMLN) Media Fellowship, from the Education Development Center, NY, NY
2006 Trude Lash Fellowship from the Fund for Social Change for the Urban PhotoPoets Project
2004 Dominican Studies Teacher Travel Grant to Dominican Republic, Hostos College, Bronx, NY
2003 Fund for Teachers Travel Grant to Cuba & Urban PhotoPoets Project, P.S. 89, Brooklyn, NY
1995 Public Allies Fellowship, Washington, DC
1994 Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Fellowship, Independent Fellow, Bowie State University
1994 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship, Bowie State University
1993 Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Fellowship, Bowie State University

PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 Ayiti: Reaching Higher Ground, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
2010 Ayiti: Reaching Higher Ground, Calabar Imports, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Artgate Poster Exhibit, New Cross Gate Rd, New Cross Gate, London, England
2005 Project Diversity – SPArc ART!, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Intimate - Fort Greene Photography Organization (FGPO), Studio 5, New York, NY
2004 South of the Navy Yard Artist (SONYA) Spring Tour, FGPO Community Show, 101 Griffin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 CUBA NOW!, Charles Sumner Museum, Washington, DC
SONYA Spring Tour, FGPO Community Show, 101 Griffin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Among Light and Shadows: An Exhibit of 25 North Americans, Galería de Arte Rene Portocarrero, Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Through the Brooklyn Lens, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
FGPO Fall Exhibition, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
2001 ¡Propaganda! World Studio Foundation Youth Poster Project on Cuba,
The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), NY, NY
Rastafarians of Cuba, HSBC Bank, Fulton Mall, Brooklyn, NY