Kafou: HAiti, Art & Vodou

20 Oct 2012 – 6 Jan 2013

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Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham, United Kingdom


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  • Any bus to Nottingham City Centre
  • Lace Market Tram Stop
  • Nottingham Station

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Nottingham Contemporary is delighted to present a major exhibition of Haitian art inspired by Vodou. Bringing together nearly 200 works by 35 artists from the 1940s to today, and drawing from leading collections from Haiti, North America and Europe, Kafou will be one of the largest exhibitions of Haiti's celebrated art ever held, and is unusual in presenting it in the context of a programme dedicated to international contemporary art. With few exceptions, the artists in the exhibition came from impoverished urban and rural backgrounds, and had minimal contact with the mainstream modern and contemporary art worlds. The extraordinary beauty and imaginative power of their work reflects the richness of Haitian culture and history while also contrasting with Haiti's experience of, and reputation for, extreme poverty, political oppression and natural disaster. Kafou is curated by Alex Farquharson, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, and Leah Gordon, artist and curator of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince.


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