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Vèvès & Loas by Raymond Salvatore Harmon

A reconstructed version of Maya Deren’s Divine Horsemen. Using secondary refilming, compositing, and frame manipulation Veves & Loas takes its source imagery from Maya Deren’s footage of Vodoun practices filmed in Haiti.

Divine Horsemen by Maya Deren

“Whether drawn in flour on flat ground or traced in the air, the sign of the cross roads is always the juncture where communication between worlds is being practiced”

In April 2012, I proposed a scheme for the Plaza of Jacmel in which an elevated platform, accessible  by a set of narrow scaffolding stairs, would allow views of the historic district. Partly inspired by New York City’s High-Line, this design gesture was triggered by the magnificent views of the historic district and bay of Jacmel one could obtain by climbing to the roof-top of Hôtel de La Place (former Pension Kraft). In this design, the platform proposed would reach the same level of Hôtel de La Place’s rooftop and provide the same views I was lucky to experience during my first research trip in November 2011.

Versailles in July 1789. There’s growing disquiet at the court of King Louis XVI: the people are defiant and the country is on the brink of revolution. Behind the scenes at the royal palaces emergency plans are being made. Although nobody believes that this spells the end of the established order everyone is talking of escape, including Queen Marie Antoinette and her entourage. One of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting is Sidonie Laborde who, as the Queen’s reader, is a member of the monarch’s inner circle. Little does she know that she is about to witness the downfall of her beloved queen.

Farewell My Queen, Summer 2012

Au mariage d’Hadriana, les soeurs Kraft s’étaient trouvées en tête du groupe fascinant des demoiselles d’honneur, en meilleur position que les pulpeuses jumelles Philisbourg qui étaien également des jeunes Haïtiennes très proches de Nana. Mélissa n’avait-elle pas déchiré sa toilette à l’église en voyant son amie s’écrouler avec son “oui” de perdition?

Hadriana dans tous mes rêves, René Dépestre, 1987