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MOCA Check In: Morel Doucet

Moca check in with morel doucet

What is your name and title/occupation?
My name is Morel Doucet, I am a Miami-based multidisciplinary artist and arts educator that hails from Haiti. I employ ceramics, illustrations, and prints to examine the realities of climate-gentrification, migration, and displacement within the Black diaspora communities. Through a contemporary reconfiguration of the Black experience, my work catalogs a powerful record of environmental decay at the intersection of economic inequity, the commodification of industry, personal labor, and race.

What are you working on right now (or how has your work changed over the last few months)?
Right now I am working on a new body of work titled “Water grieves in the six shades of death” which catalog Miami’s Black diasporic neighborhoods being gentrified through ecological metaphors in the form of mix-media drawings.

What are you reading/watching/listening to?
I am reading “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness” by Simone Browne which locates the conditions of Blackness as a key site through which surveillance is practiced, narrated, and resisted. She shows how contemporary surveillance technologies and practices are informed by the long history of racial formation and by the methods of policing Black life under slavery, such as branding, runaway slave notices, and lantern laws.


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