The Desire of Spirits by Donald Molosi [Book Review]

Posted by on Sep 2, 2018 in Crea(c)tive Senses, Haiti, Photography, Vodoun | No Comments
The Desire of Spirits by Donald Molosi [Book Review]

The Desire of Spirits – a review of “Spirit Desire” photo book by Donald Molosi   In Spirit Desire: Resistance, Imagination and Sacred Memories in Haitian Vodoun, Sokari Ekine – through simultaneously real and surreal photography – invites the viewer into various stages of ritual in Haitian vodoun. Throughout the collection of photo essays, we […]

Spirit Desire: Photo Book 2018

Posted by on Jul 21, 2018 in Crea(c)tive Senses, Haiti, History, Photography, Vodoun | No Comments
Spirit Desire:  Photo Book 2018

For the past 18 months I have been working on producing my first photo book on Haitian Vodoun.    I began my  journey  as a documentary photographer in 2013, six years after my initial encounter with Vodou.  I doubt the journey would have been possible without the presence of  my Lwa met tet  and my […]

Queering the Past Through Vernaculars of Futurity

Queering the Past Through Vernaculars of Futurity

I encountered Vodou as a queer Nigerian living and working in Haiti  between 2010 and 2016, in the midst of rampant evangelicalism and associated homophobia and anti-Vodoun violence.   In Vodoun I  discovered a black queer  space of beauty;  both historical and contemporary resistance;  the Black Atlantic, those Diasporic crossings that speak to the “Persistence of […]

Spirit Desire and the Persistence of Blackness in Haitian Vodoun

Spirit Desire and the Persistence of Blackness in Haitian Vodoun

SOKARI EKINE’S “SPIRIT DESIRE” Presentation by Alexis De Veaux (“Black Portraitures III,” Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov 17-19, 2016) The series of photographs “made” by the Nigerian British, self-described black queer feminist photographer Sokari Ekine, beginning in 2013, in Haiti, usher in the photographer’s project, “Spirit Desire.” As codified by Ekine, the project attempts to document […]

Circles of Grace

Circles of Grace

“The nature of Vodou is a bit like jazz : a negotiated conversation improvised between ourselves and telluric forces, variations of a theme.  We are free inside a bound framework.”   Fragment of Bones Inside the “Circles of Grace” are the Lwa………. “Circles of Grace” ©Sokari Ekine 2018 HAITI: In honour of the 300,000 souls who […]

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