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Kafou: Haiti, Art & Vodou

Curated by Alex Farquharson & Leah Gordon, ‘Kafou: Haiti Art & Vodou’ took place between 20 October 2012 and 6 January 2013, and was the first major exhibition of Haitian art to take place in the UK for several decades.

Kafou focused on the representation of Vodou, and how this system of belief reflects Haiti’s complex historical experience. It included painting, sculpture, and sequin flags by 35 artists from the 1940s to the present day. Amongst the earliest art works on display were paintings by Hector Hyppolite and Philomé Obin, and amongst the most recent, sculptural assemblages by the artist group Atis Rezistans.

The artists represented were Richard Antilhomme, Pierrot Barra, Castera Bazile,   Ronald Bazile (Cheby), Rigaud Benoit,  Wilson Bigaud,  Robert Saint Brice,  Myrlande Constant,  Préfète Duffaut, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Andre Eugène, Levoy Exil,  Rene Exume,  Célestin Faustin, LaFortune Felix,  Louisiane Saint Fleurant, Gérard Fortune,  Jacques-Enguerrand Gourgue, Alexandre Grégoire,  Celeur Jean Hérard,  Hector Hyppolite, Clermont Julien,  Georges Liautaud,  Madsen Mompremier,  Philomé Obin, Sénèque Obin, Antoine Oleyant,  Joseph Pierre Oldof, André Pierre, Prosper Pierre-Louis,  Camy Rocher, Saint Jacques Smith,  Gerard Valcin, and Frantz Zéphirin. 

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