Ti Moun Rezistans: testimonials
"For me 'Ti Moun Rezistans' is a great resource for us in the Grand Rue where artists are coming together to save the future for all the youth in the ghetto. For myself, 'Atis-Rezistans' is a a representative of God on earth, because I haven't got parents that can help me. Since 2004 I have found encouragement from Andre Eugene, Leah Gordon, Cleleur Jean-Herard and Louko...and many other artists who know to encourage my work because I always put a lot of effort into it. But since 2006 I really put a lot of effort into 'Atis-Rezistans' and everyone helped me to pay me school as I haven't got a father to help me and my mother hasn't got enough money as she has five children to look after.
Since I grew up and started making art in Grand Rue with Eugene I have always eaten and gone to school. I am most proud of was when I showed my work in an exhibition and afterward I saw my work published in the catalodue. Now everyone knows me because I am a young artist and everyone asks me to work with other children in the neighbourhood. Monday 30th August 2010 I am going to Decayette to work with many children who don't live near us but we are going to share our artistic knowledge with them.
These are a few words from me on my life with 'Atis-Rezistans'...thank you everyone that has encouraged me because I am not discouraged..."
"Well for myself, Rezistans represents a big thing for me. The reason why I am saying this is there are some days I get up and I don't have any hope. But now strangers come to visit Andre Eugene's museum and they like my work and they buy it paying me directly. And with this money I can use the ideas from my head to sort out my life and my future. This is the reason I will never stop thanking Andre Eugene for what he has done for me and I thank him today. I am part of Rezistans and I will never be discouraged from my work because a day will arrive when I hope I will succeed. Thanks"
"Rezistans is a big activity for me because when I cannot pay for school a visitor comes and buys a painting. I know I can wake up and haven't got anything yet then a stranger comes and buys a piece and I can eat."
"Well the Rezistans movement is an important part of my life. That's because I have had sometimes in my life that I've felt hopeless but then a visitor has come into Eugene's studio and I have sold a piece of work and that makes things good for all of us because we share everything between ourselves. I feel proud when I go somewhere and everyone knows I am with Rezistans. I will never stop thanking Andre Eugene and my manager Geraldine because it's thanks to them, and other people that support us, that we are where we are right now."
"The Rezistans movement is very important for me, and also for all the youth growing up in the ghettos because I see that if I wasn't in this movement I could have become a big bandit in society. And it's in this movement I can make a little money to sort important things out for me and my family by selling a piece of work. This is so important for me and it is for this reason that I love the Rezistans movement. What I would want is more frames, materials and if we could do an exhibition for foreigners...Thanks"
"Rezistans is important for me because even when I haven't got anything I can dream that one day I'll be like other artists. Rezistans has done lots of good things for me. There are sometimes when my life stops, but then I get hope because a tourist stops at Andre Eugene's museum and they buy some pieces. And it's then that I have great pleasure making a little money. I will never stop thanking Andre Eugene and my manager Geraldine. It is thanks to them that I am who I am today."
Evens Richelieu aka Ti Boss Art
"Greeting everyone. Rezistans represents a big thing for my life. In the first place its because some days I wake up and my mother hasn't got any money and neither has my father. It's then thanks to Eugene who has helped me find a way to get a little money because he knows how to get foreigners to come and visit this unrivaled studio. After this he is always getting people to come and visit and buy many of my works. But even if the visitor doesn't buy my pieces perhaps they buy pieces of the other artists like Wender, Love or Alex this still gives me great pleasure because we are all brothers in this studio and we share everything that we have. So for all that has happened is thanks to God and Andre Eugene. "
Milord aka SoSo
"Ti Moun Rezistans is a very big thing in my life because it enables me to sit and let inspiation come into my head. Then I take old tyres, my pen, trace designs and start working. And when I have finished my work many people tell me how beautiful it is and tourists come and buy it and congratulate me on my work. This gives me so much encouragement and force. And at these times I feel proud of myself and I feel that life is trying to say to me don't get discouraged. At the same time Rezistans is my profession, my family and my dreams. For this reason I am encouraging people who work in the arts not to get discouraged and to carry on...thank you."
"Ti Moun Rezistans means lots of things for me. In the years that I have been working with them I have put all my soul into it and all my love into it. I is like it has given me a vision of another life, it's another inspiration when I make work for Ti Moun Rezistans I reflect on many different things: peace, joy, love and everything I feel as I am a girl...to finish I send huge respect for my mother who has supported me in everything I have done, I would especially thank my dear father who is always giving me advice, encouraging me to keep going and gives me many ideas for things to do...I also thank all my father's friends too like Celeur Jean Herard, Ronald Bazile aka Cheby and I send a big thank you to Leah gordon who is always encouraging us..."
"The Rezistans movement means many things to me, because when I wasn't part of it, I knew I would spend each day not doing anything and that knowing life would pass me by as I joked around, not going to school and losing all good chances in my life. But since I joined Rezistans at the end of November 2009 I have begun to have hope and it's all thanks to art, Andre Eugene, Ti Moun Rezistans and the Ghetto Biennale. I finally found a good reason to live, my artistic work will be a great thing in my life, in fact Rezistans helps me to express my feelings, sadness, pain, stress, solitude, emotions that I can find by a simple means which is called 'art'. And Rezistans also helped me help other people through our project Tele Geto. Truly Atis Rezistans, Ti Moun Rezistans and Tele Geto...it is like a new family for me and it is one space where I can communicate my talents and my inspiration."
"Art is another method of communication."
"I was very happy and I will never stop loving Ghetto Biennale which happened in Haiti. I was very happy because we had a lot of artists that had come from many many countries. They came to participate making art with us. What I really liked was that they shared the experiences with us and we shared the experience with them. For example there was Ebony Patterson who made a beautiful installation, Carole Lung Francis who work with Jonas and made beautiful clothes. Ghetto Biennale was one of the best moments in my life. It is for this reason that I would like there to be another Ghetto Biennale in Haiti and I want it to have even more success so we can get more artists than before, with more people that can come to buy work off us, and encourage art in the World."