Too often summed as a cursed and poor country, Haiti is much more than that. Far from these clichés, another facet of the country, not often unveiled, exists. Many wanted to see the 2010 earthquake as an opportunity for the country to set out on a new path. After the tragedy, building sites flourished in Port-au-Prince. Through the development of the tourism industry and economic projects, as well as the strengthening of its agriculture, the country hopes to regain its past glory. Such ambition has proven to be utopian. Between destabilizing foreign political interference and deadly humanitarian perfusion, the country must find its way. The strong and enterprising bourgeoisie, often out of touch with reality, should endeavor to use its creativity to change, once and for all, the country’s image of a miserable and cursed nation.
Born in France in 1981, Corentin Fohlen won several photographic awards including two World Press Photo. In 2012, while covering international news, he began a long-term project in Haiti. He tries to show a different image of the country, far from the clichés often associated with this island, and reflects on the consequences of international control over the state’s affairs.