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Riding with DeathVodou Art and Urban Ecology in the Streets of Port-au-Prince$
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Jana Evans Braziel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812742

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812742.001.0001

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Vodou Bricolage at the Grand Rue

Vodou Bricolage at the Grand Rue

(p.104) Chapter Four Vodou Bricolage at the Grand Rue
Riding with Death

Jana Evans Braziel

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the aesthetics of Vodou bricolage in the sculptures of André Eugène, Frantz Jacques (Guyodo), and Alex Louis. The Grand Rue, like so many impoverished neighborhoods in Haiti's capital, survives through the willed intelligence and creative production of local bricoleurs, those workers and day laborers who frequently produce without pay and grab what is available or near at hand in order to optimistically build what is needed. Infused as it is with the lore and lyric, proverbs and rituals, symbols and myths of Vodou, this process of creative production is a wildly resourceful tool for survival in the daily perilous encounters confronted by those living precarious lives in spite of poverty, despite disease, with hunger, and, too often, against the odds. Indeed, it is a will to thrive through an imaginative Vodou bricolage.

Keywords:   Vodou bricolage, André Eugène, Frantz Jacques, Alex Louis, Grand Rue, bricoleurs, Vodou, poverty

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