When asked to create a symbol for the 2012 Haitian Carnival, the image of a conch shell quickly came to mind.
For us haitians, the conch shell represents freedom. During the slave revolution, the shell was used to call escaped slaves to gather while in hiding (with a powerful blow on it’s top, the conch shell produces a very deep and loud noise).
Nowadays, the carnival is probably the biggest gathering of Haiti’s population. It’s a whole state of mind. A time and place where people forget about all their problems and dance to the harmonious sounds of drums, horns, maracas, trumpets, (and the list of instrument goes on).
I felt a connection between the gathering of the slave who plotted their freedom and the gathering of the contemporary Haitian people. They are both seeking FREEDOM. Different types of freedom of course… but FREEDOM.
This led me to the conclusion that I absolutely had to use the conch shell as my inspiration for this year’s Carnival Logo.
If you look past the flat graphic, you see so much more. A country of full of culture, colors, love, and of course…Rhythms.
— Fabien D.