Photographer, film-maker and curator Leah Gordon registers Britain and Haiti’s junctures between their shared histories, cosmologies and the present. Caste / Cast includes a new body of work, which combines moving image and photography, to give recognition to the two countries’ intervolved histories; tied to the Haitian revolution, the rise of industrialisation in Britain and the abolition of the slave trade in the UK.
Leah Gordon is an artist and curator and has produced a body of work on the representational boundaries between art, religion, anthropology, post-colonialism and folk history. Her photographic work registers junctures between shared Haitian and British histories and cosmologies, with an emphasis on the links between the slave trade and the industrial revolution. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the National Portrait Gallery, UK, Parc de la Villette, Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and will exhibit at the Dakar Biennale in 2014. Her photography book Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti was published in June 2010.
On Wednesday 14th May Leah will be discussing her work with John Cussans at the University of Brighton from 6.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. They will explore themes and the wider social and political circumstances in Haitian history that inform these. John Cussans is an artist, researcher and educator. He took part in the Ghetto Biennale in Haiti. Tickets are £4 (concessions £3). More info here.
Commissioned by HOUSE 2014
Venue: The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Brighton. BN3 1EH
Date: Saturday 3rd until Sunday 25th May, 2014
Opening Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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