PWOTEKSYON is ultimately the physical manifestation of my desire for refuge. This project seeks to protect and celebrate the Haitian culture and identity in which I find solace. Beginning with my collaboration with Gadesa, a Port-au-Prince based workshop in the creation of a group of hand beaded jackets. Visually the jackets explore Haitian literary and spiritual themes - their purpose is protection, both physical and symbolic. Traveling to my father’s country put these symbols in context through my own lens as well as the lenses of the various artistsand communities I worked with in Haiti.