The CBC is running a documentary series this week on The National - their flagship nightly news program. The series asks the question; are we a racist country?
(The series might be a re-rerun bit I had not seen it before.)
In the episode I watched, the reporter Duncan McCue told the story of Roland Jean and his wife Jenn Agg. Jean is an Haitian artist.
Partway through the episode, McCue walked into Jean's studio (or a place where he was working) and his jaw visibly dropped as he looked at a piece that Jean was working on.
You can understand McCue's reaction. I'd have reacted the same way in the circumstances.
Nor did I expect the CBC to show this uncensored so bravo to them.
I'm not going to attempt anything so foolish as a general statement about Jean's art. I don't know enough about it. I did find a page about a recent exhibition of his works called "Hot Chicks". It ends with this:
Roland’s paintings in “Hot Chicks” immortalize the great love moments, or sex moments, or love/sex moments that irreversibly affect the person who experiences them. These moments have such deep impacts that recollecting them is an experience that supersedes memory. It’s nothing to over-think, really. It’s just something to enjoy. “Hot Chicks” is about sex. It’s not about the city it’s being shown in or the birthplace of the painter.
It's worth a read.
You can also visit Roland Jean's website.
Finally, here's a piece about a new bar/restaurant opened by Jen Agg. She's clearly a successful restaurateur and entrepreneur in her own right.