Widline Cadet

Home Bodies

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As a first generation immigrant, I live in between places. Home Bodies (2013-) is an ongoing photographic series created between Haiti—where I was born and where my father and extended family remain—and the U.S.—where I grew up and where my mother, sisters and their families now reside. Through intimate portraits, domestic still-life, and landscape, I navigate and try to bridge the distances while contemplating larger questions around belonging, representation and personal history. This project records, affirms and makes visible my family and our collective identity as Haitians living and settling in America; while also reflecting personal tensions felt between my Haitian heritage, American sensibilities, individualism, and a contested sense of belonging in both places.

Widline Cadet (pronounced wid-lean) is a Haitian-born image-maker. Her photographic practice is deeply rooted in her experience as an immigrant and explores the racial and cultural tensions as well as identity shifts that often occur due to displacement. Through portraits, landscapes and still life, she uses photography as a means of placing herself within the context of the in betweenness of her birthplace, Haiti and adopted home, the United States. She is a recipient of a 2013 Mortimer-Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, and a 2018 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture resident. She currently lives and works in Syracuse, NY where she is pursuing her MFA degree at Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts.