Everywhere in the streets of Haiti, fateful visions from traditional tarot cards come alive. these are the work of Alice Smeets who is a photographer. She teamed up with the Haitian artists to reinterpret the early 20th-century rider-waite tarot.
She scatters the artists’ work throughout the scenes as props and backgrounds to honor the diverse talents of her subjects. The photographer took this opportunity to progress with her photographic work in Haiti, where she was awarded by UNICEF to have had the best photo of the year as she continues pursuing her fascination with the spiritual world. She explains for a while she had wanted to interpret the tarot decks with her photos but taking ordinary photos of the scene seemed too simple. She wanted to maintain the different spirits of the cards and create a very personal deck at the same time.
The Atis Rezistans proved that they indeed collaborated with Alice when they offered her their art and homes as poignant symbols in the current world deck. Further, Smeets explains, the term “Ghetto” the artists “free themselves of its depreciating undertone and it turns into something beautiful.” She continues to say “this undertaking of the Haitians made me realize that it lies only within us to assign value or judgment towards a tangible or intangible thing, which creates a positive or negative emotion. If we realize that it’s a choice whether we look at destruction and see despair or regard it as the beginning of something new, we can change the meaning of every word, action, and sentiment”.