Haitian Vodou Flags

Haitian Vodou Flags

by Patrick Arthur Polk
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578060249

ISBN-13: 9781578060245

Pub. Date: 01/01/1998

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Once little known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Works by such notable Haitian artists as Silva Joseph, Antoine Oleyant, and Yves Telemak now grace the walls of museums, art galleries, and private homes throughout the world. Shimmering with sequins and

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Overview

Once little known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Works by such notable Haitian artists as Silva Joseph, Antoine Oleyant, and Yves Telemak now grace the walls of museums, art galleries, and private homes throughout the world. Shimmering with sequins and reflected light, they capture the attention of Vodou practitioners and art lovers alike.

This book about Vodou flags and flagmakers is a striking revelation of the gods (Iwa) that inhabit the Vodou spirit world. The sequined works pictured here combine and juxtapose African symbols with images from Europe and the Americas and form a rich mosaic of ritual art.

Inspired by myths, legends, and unique personal visions, the artists of Vodou flags interweave sacred, time-honored designs with contemporary images as they produce captivating works that are both ancient and modern. Their flags, incorporating ritual drawings, Masonic symbols, and pictures of mermaids and Catholic saints, offer viewers an encounter with the aesthetics, symbolism, and social implications of Vodou.

The spiritual realm reflected in the flags is not the dark, frightening place of black magic and superstition that is stereotyped in popular culture. Instead, drapo exemplify the beauty, elegance, and enduring embrace of gods and ancestors in their present manifestations. The flags are the artists' visual testimonials that the Iwa are present and active in the lives of Vodou practitioners.

Patrick Arthur Polk serves as the museum scientist and archivist for the UCLA Folk-lore and Mythology Program.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578060245
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Folk Art and Artists Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.27(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface5
Afro-Atlantic Flag Traditions7
The Sacred Universe of Haitian Vodou (The Lwa)9
The Ritual Use of Drapo Vodou15
The Main Elements, Types, and Styles of Vodou Flags18
Constructing the Flag24
Silva Joseph and Yves Telemak: Two Contemporary Flagmakers26
Silva Joseph26
Yves Telemak31
Glossary39
References40
Color Plates41

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