“Mizik Nan Nanm Nan” (Music of the Soul)
Dance and music are deeply rooted in Haitian life. This painting depicts a woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti imagining the music that gives her voice, strength, and power.
Size: 24” x 20”
“Yon Sevis Ofrann Bet Kochon” (A Pig Sacrifice)
This painting depicts a Vodoo ceremonial sacrifice of a pig. Vodoo or “Vodou”, as it is known in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora, is the result of the pressures of many different cultures and ethnicities of people who were uprooted from Africa and imported to Haiti in the African slave trade. Under slavery, African culture and religion was suppressed, lineages were fragmented, and people pooled their religious knowledge and from this fragmentation became culturally unified. In addition to combining the spirits of many different African and Amerindian nations, Vodou has incorporated pieces of Roman Catholic liturgy to replace lost prayers or elements. This syncretism allows Vodou to encompass the African, the Indian, and the European ancestors in a whole and complete way. It is truly a Kreyòl religion.”
Size: 30” x 24”
“Yon Jou Nan Lavi a Nan” (A Day in the Life)
In many rural homes, the kitchen is located outside the living quarters and there is no electricity or piped water. Additionally, sanitation facilities often consist of a simple latrine dug at a distance from the house.
Artist: R. Lebrun
Size: 30” x 40”
“Kay la Mache” (The Walk Home)
The serene Haitian countryside consists of houses typically made with mud walls and floors, and roofs constructed of corrugated metal or thatched with local grasses and/or palm leaves. The windows are often pane-less and covered with wooden shutters or colorful Haitian cloth.
Size: 20 x 24