Spirit Desire is a series of photographic essays that explore African Diasporic spiritual practices and those in-between spaces, above and below, visible and invisible that constitute the many worlds that exist in harmony.
Spirit Desire: – Resistance, Imagination and Sacred Memories in Haitian Vodoun” [Memwa sakre: – lespri ki nan nou menm. Sacred memories: -The spirits within us ] is the first in the series and is a celebration of Haitian Vodoun as a site of resistance, decolonization and community. The series which includes images of everyday living, ritual and ceremony, aims to shift the gaze from representations that depict Vodoun as negative and present a decolonizing narrative: one in which Vodouisants engage with a consciousness and spirituality that celebrates our humanity rather than focusing on a set of prescribed normative identities.
Exploring the dance, song, possession, drumming, aesthetics and ritual of Vodoun through photography allows me to express the freedom of an unbound imagination that recognizes the power of the self and the spirit within us as a multidimensional force which stretches far into the past and into the future.
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