Haiti – Social: Passing away from the Haitian photographer Gerald Bloncourt
Jean Michel Lapin, the Minister of Culture, the news of the death Monday, October 29 in Paris, of the artist and the filmmaker and the filmmaker of Quebec. Gerald Bloncourt aged almost 92 years.
“The Minister, on behalf of the Government of the Republic, while welcoming the work and the career of this committed artist, extends his sincere condolences to his family, to the artists who have worked with him and to his loved ones by this disappearance. “
Although he settled in France, Gérald Bloncourt had remained Haitian while carefully preserving his cultural and intellectual identity.
The French Institute in Haiti (IFH) who hosted this great artist with his wife and daughters, at the end of November 2 016 for an exhibition and a series of events at Jerome workshops “salute the photographer, the writer and the activist and address all its thoughts to his family. That the earth may be light for him. “
Learn more about Gerald Bloncourt:
Gerald Bloncourt, born November 4, 1926 in Bainet, Haiti, from a French mother and a Guadeloupe father, hero of the revolt of 1946 in Haiti, followed by a terrible hurricane devastating the region, the family moved to Port-au-Prince in 1936.
In 1944, Gérald Bloncourt participated in the founding of the Haitian Art Center. with Jacques Stephen Alexis and Rene Depestre, he is one of the leading leaders of the “Five Glorious”, revolutionary in the fall of the Government Lescot in 1946. Expelled from Haiti, Bloncourt spent a few months in Martinique, then settles in Paris: He embarks on photography without ceasing to paint.
Communist militant, he was appointed in 1948 political director of the photo service of the newspaper Humanity. xpress, The New Economist, Options, The People, Regards, Weekly Syndicalism, Christian Testimony, The Catholic Life, The Working Life
He returned to Haiti in 1986, after the fall of the Duvalier regime. In 1998, he co-founded the “Committee for the Defense of Human Rights and Democracy in Haiti”, best known as the “Committee to judge Duvalier”.
Awards and Distinctions:
1988: Honorary citizen of the city of New Orleans (USA)
1994: First Prize for all of his work, 2nd Salon of the Contemporary Art of Le Mée
2008: Medal of the City of Paris (Echelon Vermeil), for all of his work
2011: Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters
2015: Knight of the Legion of Honor
2016: Grand Cross the Order of Infante Dom Henri, decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
HL / HaitiLibre