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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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Passional Fugues in the Lakou

Passional Fugues in the Lakou

(p.123) Chapter Five Passional Fugues in the Lakou
Riding with Death

Jana Evans Braziel

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter assesses the concept of faux-dou, in contrast to the dominant framing of the art collective under the signs and symbols of Vodou. While actively resisting the art-historical reduction of the Grand Rue collective as merely productive of Vodou arts inspired by the lwas or spirits, Jean Hérard Celeur nevertheless does incorporate Vodou elements, but he does so in an ecstatic, métis (or mixed) fusion. Faux-dou, then, may be defined as a sort of “faux” Vodou or the artificial imposition or strategic marketing of the Grand Rue sculptors as “Vodou” artists: it functions, thus, as a sort of gallerist shorthand or even a facile fabrication that obscures the myriad, eclectic influences on the artists, particularly on Celeur and his wildly eclectic sculptures that are amalgams of aesthetic styles.

Keywords:   faux-dou, Vodou, Grand Rue sculptors, art collective, Vodou arts, Jean Hérard Celeur, faux Vodou, Vodou artists

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