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June 3-July 15, 2016

Artist Statement

 “One’s head has to be strong to carry things on it.”

 This photographic exhibit, “Headstrong,” stems from the deep passion that Marc-Yves Regis feels for street vendors who carry Haiti’s economic burden on their heads. Despite their constant struggle with bone-crushing labor, their faces show a mixture of determination, pride, sorrow, fear and joy.

Regis’ unique style of photojournalism provides viewers a window into a different kind of life, a life of resiliency and tremendous ef­fort that does not equal the minuscule reward.

About the Artist

Marc-Yves Regis’ is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an associate degree in photography. Over the years, Regis has worked for the Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times and the Hartford Courant newspapers. He is the author of five books, the most recent is of which is, Headstrong Children: Carrying Haiti’s Economic Burdens.

Regis’ artistic photographs have been exhibited in many museums, including the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, New Britain Museum of American Arts, New Haven International Arts & Ideas, The Discovery Museum and Bates College Museum of Arts in Maine. He was the photographer for the book, “We Belong Here: Freedom Dreams,” a celebrations of local immigrant artists (Hartford Public Library).

Regis is also the founder and director of Camp Hispaniola, Inc., which provides a week of summer camp for hundreds of children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.