“Nayclib Chante” (Nightclub Singer)
This painting depicts a woman performing in one of Petionville’s upscale clubs. Many lavish clubs offer breathtaking live music that may range from soul and jazz to R&B and hip-hop.
Size: 40” x 30”
“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”
“Kèk Travay Lap Fè Chak Jou” (Daily Chores)
The majority of Haitians utilize rivers and streams for bathing, laundry, cooking, and drinking. In rural areas, many Haitians retrieve drinking water from unprotected sources such as wells and streams, while Haitians living in urban areas obtain drinking water from bottled water, unprotected wells, or carts with drums containing water. Water in small plastic bags or bottles is treated and/or imported.
Artist: Samuel Saint Louis
Size: 20” x 24”
“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