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We present a major exhibition of Haitian art, the UK’s first for many years. Nearly 200 paintings, sculptures and sequin flags by 35 artists from the 1940s to the present day trace
the representation of Vodou, reflecting Haiti’s historical
experience through the supernatural.
Haiti is especially known for the art of its urban and rural poor. The label “naive” has often been applied to it,
but doesn’t do it justice. The imaginative power and visual intricacy of these artworks reflect the richness of Haitian history and culture. They are in sharp contrast to the
country’s familiar reputation for extreme poverty, natural disaster and political violence.
Haitian art is often at its most extraordinary when inspired by Vodou – a spiritual belief system followed by
an estimated 90% of Haitians. With its roots in West African religions, Vodou includes aspects of Catholicism (most of Vodou gods are linked to Catholic saints), Islam, European folklore and freemasonry, as well as the religion of the
island’s Taino people, who were almost wiped out by the
first Spanish settlers. This fusion reflects the history of a small nation at the centre of the Atlantic World.