Petrouchka Moïse

FLR 0 Burling Library
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Petrouchka Moïse

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Moïse is currently a CLIR/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Haitian Visual Arts.  She works jointly with the Grinnell College Library and the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Dr. Moïse will play a central role in coordinating the Haitian Art Digital Crossroads project (HADC). The HADC aims to make the Haitian art collection of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, the largest publicly held collection of Haitian art in the world, digitally accessible as a preparatory study for the creation of a digital hub for a network of online resources in Haitian and Caribbean studies. In addition to managing this project, she will collaborate with cultural and academic institutes within Haiti and the Diaspora to build awareness of this collection as she develops her ‘mitan-morphic’ theory.

With the use of augmented reality, her research bridges the reclaimed narrative of the contemporary Haitian artist’s diverse cultural production, artistic protest, religious heritage and mythologies to create a compelling portrait of a historically significant and intensely complex identity in flux. Haitian artists are the visual stewards of Haiti’s cultural and political trauma trapped in binaries of power, shame, and isolation. By analyzing their art production processes, Dr. Moïse has identified the Haitian signature where the artist has the ability to reshape the artistic narrative from traumatic to triumphant.

Her post-doctoral research focuses on the art collection of Temple Na-Ri-VéH, a Vodou peristil located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She plans to create the archival records of the artwork created for and donated to the Temple for the past 20 years, as well as produce a digital catalog of its collection. By developing the descriptive metadata required to describe the cultural works, such as religious significance, logistical placement, artistic provenance, etc., the Temple Na-Ri-VéH will be able to continue to serve as a historical and cultural presence beyond its walls. 

To access the “Mitan-Morphic” exhibition visit

Education and Degrees

Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation, Louisiana State University; M.B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University; B.S. in Business Management, University of Phoenix

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