Kanaval Screening – Vodou, Politics and Revolution in Haiti


Kanaval Screening – Vodou, Politics and Revolution

Kanaval. Haitian history, and not only that of the revolution, is replayed through the masks, costumes and narratives of the carnival in Jacmel, a coastal town in southern Haiti. Leah Gordon has been recording the people, masks and costumes of Jacmel’s carnival for the last sixteen years on a 50 year old Roleiicord twin lens reflex camera. In calmer, more tranquil, times she has met with the carnival performers and collected the stories behind the masks. These are stories of ancestral & revolutionary memories, complex Vodou rituals, political satire and personal revelations. The lives of the indigenous Taino Indians, the slave revolt and state corruption, are all played out using drama and costume on Jacmel’s streets.

Screening of images from KANAVAL – Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti by Leah Gordon, adjunct curator of the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011 and co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Location: Top Floor, Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens St. London EC1V 1NQ

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2014

Time: 23.00 – 7.00

DJs HaLo-iS + Choronzon
+ special guests Sotiris L + Chadd Curry + Polanski

All advance tickets £13.00 / £15 on the door

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