Lakou is a Creole word used to describe “a self-regulated type of property” that is passed down through generations, and carries with it the family’s ancestry.

Haitian-born artist Andy Robert begins his practice by referencing printed photographs of city signs and portraits of people from New York: Harlem, Flatbush, Nostrand, as well as other Caribbean neighborhoods in Brooklyn, to create a new body of work that floats somewhere between figurative and abstract painting, and is heavily rooted in exploring the specificity of place, its history and culture.