Artist All Call for the Upcoming “Re-Imagining Haiti” Exhibition!

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and The Caribbean Cultural
Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) are seeking visual, performing, literary,
musical and cinematography artists who are inspired and have an invested interest
in the spirituality, aesthetics and re-construction of Haiti. We invite you to submit
work for two upcoming exhibitions.
"Standing with Papa Legba: Vodou at the Crossroads" will be on view at the Caribbean
Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute from January 6 to May 13, 2010
"Re-Imagining Haiti: Le Projek Noveau (The New Project)" will be on view at MoCADA
from January 13 to May 5, 2011
CURATED BY: Shantrelle P. Lewis and Shante’ Cozier
EXHIBITION THEME – Standing with Papa Legba: Vodou at the Crossroads
In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is the judicial power charged with opening and closing
doors between physical and spiritual realms, and the daily circumstances that create
static or kinetic situations in our owns lives. It is he who decides who have permission
to speak to the loa (deities). It is he who serve as the voice of God. Papa Legba
is the first to open and close all ceremonies. The trickster, Papa Legba is gatekeeper
of the crossroads. It is here, at the crossroads almost one year after of an earthquake
ravaged Haiti that we find the work of contemporary houngans and mambos, of the
laborers of roots, magic and the Sacred found in Vodou. Standing with Papa Legba
addresses a critical point in Haitian spiritual and sacred art history during which
artists are asked to explore the dynamics of ancient African powers in serving as
a catalyst for the Haitian Revolution and the post-earthquake desecration of these
sacred traditions by evangelical zealots acting out of misinformation, institutionalized
racism and fear. Standing with Papa Legba, gives artists an opportunity to explore
the power and future of Haitian Vodou, particularly investigating how the spiritual
system was at the forefront of Haiti’s socio-political founding. Furthermore, in
lieu of increasingly devastating natural disasters, it will be important to contemplate
how utilizing an earth-based spiritual practice may slow down and even reverse some
of the environmental issues threatening the existence of humanity and the entire
EXHIBITION THEME – "Re-Imagining Haiti: Le Projek Noveau"
In 1804, newly freed Africans on the former French sugar-producing colony of St.
Domingue, declared itself the first Black Republic in the western hemisphere. Less
than two decades later, when Denmark Vesey’s plot to stage what would have been
the bloodiest African insurrection in American history was stopped, it was discovered
that Haiti had promised military support for the South Carolinian African freedom
cause. A wave of terror spread throughout the western world, for fear of the influence
that Haiti would have on the entire African Diaspora. This fear served as the impetus
for western powers to unite and do everything within their capacity to crush this
symbol of self-determination economically, politically, and spiritually. Despite
this, two major things remained in tact – the culture and spirit of the Haitian
January of 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake that
devastated the country of Haiti. As millions of dollars have been pledged from
all over the world to support reconstruction, "Re-imagining Haiti: Le Projek Noveau"
will give artists the opportunity to examine the historical and socio-political
events that led up to the Earthquake, what progress has been made a year later and
most important, what solutions can be offered towards the rebuilding and reshaping
of Haiti on a political, cultural, architectural and socio-economic level.
In addition, artists are asked to submit pieces that attempt to answer the following
questions: If the progressive collective were to re-imagine Haiti’s future, how
would that look? More importantly, what does victory look like for the Haitian people
and the rest of the African Diasporan world? Additionally, what references from
Haitian history and literature can be made to reconstruct Haiti?

For more information on submitting, please access the following link.
Re-Imagining Haiti All Call []


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