Haydee R Souffrant
Haydee R. Souffrant is a Chicago-based multimedia artist crafting work through storytelling, lyrical text, movement and visual/performance art to document the legacies of trauma one inherits throughout cultural, familial, and societal generations.
ridging together narratives of mental health + wellness within black and brown communities, Haydee’s work seeks to stimulate conversations on how communities maintain survival in sharing stories of struggle and resistance alongside alternative healing practices and healing justice. Studying West African dance forms with the Dance Diaspora Dance Theater Ensemble of Oberlin College led by Artistic Director Adenike Sharpley, Haydee’s literary and visual work has been featured in numerous online literary publications, at Oberlin College, The Whitney Museum, Links Hall @ Constellation and other venues in and around Chicagoland. Haydee is a graduate of Oberlin College with a BA in African American Studies and English, and is currently an MFA candidate in the Interdisciplinary Arts + Media program at Columbia College Chicago.
Inspired by the works of Sharon Bridgforth, Marina Abramovic, West African Storytellers, speculative fiction, and artisan healers, her work focuses on the intersections of how we all find home through the word and the in-between worlds. Also a Reiki Master Teacher + founder of The Rooted Turtle Healing, as you can tell, she loves turtles and writing things.