Haitian American Artist | Educator | Visual Anthropologist
Régine is a dynamic storyteller who uses photographs/film/performance to create acts of social resistance to stoke the collective imagination and keep alive new ways of seeing. For the past two years, she lived in Benin, West Africa, conducting research, teaching, completing her “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage” mixed-media project and directing/producing three short films. While in West Africa, she created the WaWaWa Diaspora Centre – to actively heal historic wounds and trauma related to the TransAtlantic Slave Trade through inter-generational arts, education, and exchange programs.
Régine is a 2018 EMERGENYC Fellow (NYU’s Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program) and is a BRIC 2018 Brooklyn Free Speech Podcast Fellow. In September 2018, Régine launched a new podcast entitled “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical via BRIC’s Podcast Fellowship available via iTunes and SoundCloud. She is a NYSCA 2015 Folk Arts Apprentice and is an A.I.R. Gallery 2011 – 2012 Fellow. Régine is the editor of Diaspora Diaries: An Educators Guide to MoCADA Artists (2009) and her photo essay on Haiti, including photos from her exhibition “Portraits for Self-Determining Haiti,” is featured in Meridians, Vol 11, No. 1 (2011), a journal published by Indiana University Press. Her photographic work on Vodou appears in MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora (2017) and her work was included in the MFON’s exhibition of Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings at Photoville (2018).
She has over 20 years of experience teaching, training, and supporting diverse populations utilizing memory, arts/creativity, critical analysis, social justice activism, mediation, humor, and mindfulness as key pillars in her work. As a visual and performing artist, she makes use of mixed-media tools to promote love, understanding and respect by addressing issues of discrimination and misrepresentation through participatory and reflective learning practices. She has served as a consultant with clients that include – New York University, NYC Department of Education, Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project, the Smithsonian Institution, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Through A Lens Darkly documentary, and Mind-Builders Community Folk Culture Program.
Régine received her BS in International Studies from Bowie State University (HBCU) and MA in Photography and Urban Culture from Goldsmiths, University of London.