I have no words to tell you guys how incredibly excited I am to share today's conversation with you.
I did not know of my next guest until 48 hours preceding this recording. As The Universe, Energy and a little sprinkle of Instagram randomness would have it - sometimes, all you gotta do is try something out and see what you end up with.
What started with a recently-released short film on Vimeo, quickly shifted to me ferociously tracking down the creator, and eventually, sooner rather than later, the both us were intensely texting back and forth about how we could collaborate and lo and behold, his grace and warmth ended up on this humble fan's podcast as a new guest.
Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with a noticeably whimsical personality that is only matched by his incredible body of work, Steven Baboun is the kind of individual that, admittedly, will not be ignored.
As a photographer, writer, visual artist, filmmaker, his art is aimed at unveiling, challenging, and exploring social topics in Haiti such as social class, racism, queerness, identity, and religion. All very specific if not to say quite controversial elements of a society that has yet to come to terms with them.
This conversation left me both moved and emotionally charged. Steven words, spoken with a passion and vulnerability that can only come from a place of sincere self-awareness, allowed for an incredible exchange where we discussed his upbringing, his inspiration, his personal traumas, his ambitions, his love for his native land...and so much more.
A terrific exchange which I do hope you'll enjoy.