Brown University - Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

About the gallery

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world.

Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice

Brown University

Box 1895

94 Waterman Street

Providence, RI 02912

Phone 401-863-5863

Fax 401-863-5095

March/APRIL Press Release

Memory Work by Renold Laurent, 2019 Heimark Artist in Residence

February 15, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Gallery at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice 

94 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island


Memory Works is an exhibition of paintings by 2019 Heimark Artist-in-Residence, Renold Laurent, a Haitian artist based in Boston. Through these paintings he examines how different materials, from oil and acrylic paint to coffee grounds, enter into artistic dialogue with one another and make new meanings across space and time. By transforming materials that he finds in his local surroundings, he draws attention to how the artistic imagination can compensate for the economic limitations many people have in acquiring or buying material objects in the first place.   

 Laurent comes from a village at the foot of the Marbial Valley that is home to several of Haiti’s most famous painters.  He is one of the first abstract painters from Jacmel, Haiti. His work has been exhibited in France, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, and the United States.


About the Heimark Artist in Residence Program

The Heimark Artist in Residence program brings to campus musicians, poets, visual artists, and performers whose work grapples with the legacies of slavery on our world today. Prior recipients of the residency include the Marian Anderson String Quartet, poet Evie Shockley, playwright Jaymes Jorsling, performance artist ChE Ware, and printmaker Jessica Hill. The Heimark Artist-in-Residence program is made possible through the generosity of Libby '76 P'11, P'14, P'17 and Craig Heimark '76, P'11, P'14, P'17

Liberty guides the people    2004    Oil on canvas

Liberty guides the people


Oil on canvas