Kathia St. Hilaire
All my life I have lived in a predominantly Caribbean and African American area in South Florida. My experiences in growing up with tension between African American and Caribbean subcultures have influenced me to see how my history exists within their diaspora. My work is driven by both my reality and my connection to Haitian diaspora. I recognize both my ties and disconnection from my family’s ancestral past by considering the possibilities of urban space, cultural identification, innate and intuitive beliefs, as well as a conscious seeking of links that reveal continuities hidden by the mainstream. My work affirms and memorializes controversial, historical, and political issues that deal with both marginalized and privileged communities of neo-diaspora.