Widline Cadet is a Haitian-born artist. Drawing from personal experiences, her practice examines race, black Caribbean cultural identity, erasure, and (im)migration from within the U.S.. Through photographs, videos, and installations she interrogates the visual language with which the black Caribbean body (specifically her own) is misread, misrepresented, expected and forced into one dimensional performances of “blackness” and exoticism.
Cadet is a recipient of a 2013 Mortimer-Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, a 2018 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture artist in resident, a 2019 Lighthouse Works fellow, and a 2019 Syracuse University VPA Turner artist in resident. Cadet earned her B.A. in photography from The City College of New York and is currently an MFA candidate at Syracuse University's School of Visual and Performing Arts.