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iciHaiti - Culture : Voodoo flags Exhibition to Mexico
27/04/2016 11:25:32

iciHaiti - Culture : Voodoo flags Exhibition to Mexico
Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Embassy of Haiti in Mexico in collaboration with the French Alliance, launched the exhibition "Drapos, banderas vudu de Haïti" including thirty voodoo flags of various Haitian artists, the first exhibition of its kind in Mexico City (until May 28, 2016) in the premises of the French Alliance of Polanco. Diplomats, researchers, anthropologists, students at the French Alliance, members of the Haitian community in Mexico, made the trip for the inaugural cocktail. Musical entertainment for the occasion was provided by the band "Infuzyon jazz" from Mexico (Mexican Haitian-Group).

The Ambassador of Haiti in Mexico, Guy Lamothe, at the opening stated that the initiative to present these objects of devotion for some and decorations for others, aimed to pay tribute to art, creativity and the colors of Haiti and especially to the most popular religion in Haiti "Haiti is a country where one makes art with everything, we creates works even from trash. In the voodoo sector, we prefer beads and sequins on fabric and it gives these wonderful flags."

Jose Marie Leduc, the Director of the French Alliance for her part stressed "Voodoo flags are primarily ritual objects intimately related to the voodoo religion. They each carry the insignia of a loa, or spirit."

The art critic Gerald Alexis recalls that "[...] in the years 1940-1950, the flag manufacturing has become a specialty [...] they reveal, within the respect of codes, of clearly distinctive styles, affirmed by the quality of the finished work and aesthetics appearance of ornamentation framing the main image."

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