A legendary advocate for Haitian art-makers, Gordon will discuss the powerful legacy of the Haitian renaissance and its impact on today’s contemporary artists in Haiti. Her talk is entitled: BETWEEN THE ALTAR, THE MUSEUM & THE MARKETPLACE.
The Gallery of Everything will also screen Gordon’s award-winning film THE SCULPTORS OF GRANDE RUE (2008), after which there will be a Q&A.
ABOUT THE TALK
BETWEEN THE ALTAR, THE MUSEUM & THE MARKETPLACE will examine the strong links between Vodou and art, and the contemporary appropriation of secular art for sacred spaces. As a curator in Haiti, the US and UK, Gordon will also discuss the role of image and artefact in Vodou, and the liminal space that contemporary Haitian artists inhabit - maintaining ancestral histories, whilst trying to negotiate a contemporary art market which has a conflicted relationship towards ethnographic and ritual objects.
ABOUT THE FILM
THE SCULPTORS OF GRANDE RUE(2008) is a multi-layered portrait of the contemporary art scene in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It depicts a community which is materially poor, yet culturally rich, and which, in and of itself, reflects the inescapable links between sex, death and creativity - as expressed through the Vodou spirits Gede.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Artist and curator Leah Gordon is one of Britain’s leading advocates for modern and contemporary Haitian art. She has produced a substantial body of work on the representational boundaries between art, religion, anthropology, post-colonialism and folk history. Her curatorial practice includes KAFOU(Nottingham Contemporary, 2012), THE GHETTO BIENNALE (Haiti, 2009-17) and POTOPRENS (Pioneer Works, 2018).
Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally and includes: National Portrait Gallery, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Dakar Biennale; and NSU, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Her photography book KANAVAL: VODOU, POLITICS AND REVOLUTION ON THE STREETS OF HAITI was published in 2010.