Born in Queens, New York, 1981
Lives and works in New York, New York
Diane Wah’s two large photographs feature a man and a woman lying nude on beds of gravel. The rubble and the bodies on the ground cannot help but remind us of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that killed over 100,000 Haitians and damaged large swaths of the capital Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas. The overwhelming devastation filled news reports across the globe and was followed by an international humanitarian aid effort. The fact of the earthquake brought to the world’s attention Haiti’s position as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, a place fundamentally ill equipped to handle natural disasters. Wah’s two figures in fetal positions seem to reflect the general vulnerability of Haitian citizens.