Shrine of The Divine Negress No.1

The Goddess Project

2009, PVC, acrylic paint, colored gels, textiles, ± dims. 400cm x 275cm Installation at the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana in conjunction with the 10th Havana Biennale (re-installed at DadaPost Berlin in 2010) The original installation included a shroud with the image of Charlemagne Péralte, the martyred Haitian nationalist

Shrine of the Divine Negress Nr.1
The Goddess Project at Kunstraum Dada Post Berlin
Footnotes
  1. Video on Diary/Blog The Berlin installation of "Shrine of the Divine Negress Nr.1" at Dada Post
  2. Péralte (Charlemagne Péralte1886-1919) foto was used as the inspiration for a shroud in the original (10th Havana Biennale) installation of the  Shrine of the Divine Negress Nr.1
  3. Bomb magazine online discusses the term Negress (négresse) in an interview between H.Als and author and artist Coco Fusco refering to the complexities and contradictions of a term used in some Caribbean cultures with a sense of matriarchal empowerment, such as "belle négresse" implies in Haiti. The Bajan-American author and critic Hilton Al's illuminates the many facets of this term in his acclaimed book  The Women (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998).
  4.  Josephine Baker adopted 12 children from around the world. Her family was known as the Rainbow Tribe  
  5. "Haïti" sung by Josephine Baker on Diary/Blog of this website
  6. Essay" from The Scholar and Feminist Online Published by The Barnard Center for Research on Women entitled "The Use-Value of 'Josephine Baker"
  7. USA military occupation of Haiti from 1915-1935
  8. The dance movements which became associated with Josephine Baker who came to be called the Bronze Goddess