Vodou flags: Sequined Spirits of Haiti
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About The Event
The spellbinding tradition of Vodou flags is a vivid representation of Haiti and its people. The flags, or drapo, are both magical tools and a most spectacular Haitian art form. Their production is intrinsically connected with the practice of the Vodou religion. In this lecture, Gabriel will investigate the forgotten origins of the drapo, which were pivotal in creating an unforeseen fusion of African, Catholic and Masonic symbolism. It will also aim to interpret their complex iconography, before diving into the all-important role of the flags during a Vodou ceremony.
Gabriel Toso is a French/Italian art historian born in Venice and living in London. He has over 15 years of experience working in the international art market while also collaborating with the British Museum’s Learning, Volunteers, and Audiences Department. Moved by a profound interest in the spiritual path, Gabriel has visited and participated in ceremonies in Haiti and Brazil, working with shamans from different traditions. He has lectured over the years on Haitian Vodou, both its art and religious practices.
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