Interview // Paolo Woods

STATE,

Paolo Woods doesn’t shy away from controversy. On the contrary, he grabs hard hitting and raw human stories and investigates them, delving deep into the human aspect rather than focussing on the narrative.

STATE is his Haiti project, aiming to show the country in a way never explored before. He looks past the devastation and sheds light on the day-to-day life of Haitian people.  Investigating every aspect of the country, he examines the absence, yet national desire for a State, looking to the economic elite along with the NGOs and American evangelists. The results are profound yet very real, capturing this nation’s spirit and hope.

WHAT WAS THE CATALYST FOR THIS PROJECT?

I moved to Haiti in the fall of 2010, nine months after the earthquake. Nobody in the media wanted to hear about Haiti anymore. I thought it might be interesting to approach a place that has always been stereotyped from a different point of view than the one of misery and tragedy. I was mainly interested in the relationship between the state and the collective identity.

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