Nov 6 2013 to Aug 17 2014


Haïti In Extremis


Exhibition - Musée de la civilisation

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Quebec City (Québec) G1K 8R2
T. 418 643-2158
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Nov 6 2013 to Aug 17 2014

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Admission Fees

Adults (31+)$17
18 to 30 $11
12 to 17$6
11 and under$0
Families$36

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Adults (31+)$17
18 to 30 $11
12 to 17$6
11 and under$0
Families$36

MembersFree

Haïti In Extremis

Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art

Be witnesses to the striking, sometimes confusing interpretations that contemporary Haitian artists make of their tumultuous world. Through close to a hundred works, you will discover Bawon Samdi and the Gedes, Voodoo spirits related to death, sexuality and regeneration.

Discover committed artists, who plunge us into the heart of an unsuspected world. Their creations are imbued with a culture where life and death are entwined in disarming derision.

Forceful Works

The subject of several works, the Gedes, divine Voodoo spirits representing death through skulls and skeletons as well as life through their exaggerated male sexual attributes, predominate and inspire works in a variety of techniques: textiles, painting, sculpture, mixed media and multimedia.

A glance at the texts shows how Haitian culture embraces the intimate connection between life and death. "Without death there is no life; without life there is no death", wrote sculptor André Eugène. Even matter gets a shot a reincarnation, with many works made from recovered materials.

Established and Emerging Artists

Among the artists presented are:

●Mario Benjamin

●Maksaens Denis

●Frantz Zéphirin

●Mirlande Constant

●David Boyer

  • And members of the Atis Rezistans Collective (resistance artists collective)

Artists André Eugène, Jean Hérard Céleur and Frantz Jacques, aka Guyodo, founded the collective. They were later joined by Jean Claude Saintilus, Alphonse Jean Junior, aka Papa Da, Jean Baptiste Gétho and other artists from the area.

The Atis Rezistans Collective is better known under the name of Artists of the Grande Rue, in reference to the main street in downtown Port-au-Prince.  

This place is a real labyrinth, at once a living area and a place of creation. It offers artists all the recyclable material they need.

The exhibition also gives visitors an opportunity to discover contemporary Haitian artists from Montréal:

●Manuel Matthieu

●Marie-Hélène Cauvin

●Killy

The exhibition, based on a concept developed by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, has been adapted by Les Musées de la civilisation.

Adapted by Musée de la civilisation from an idea by the Fowler Museum at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).   Journal Le Soleil and Fairmont le Château Frontenac

Alcoa is a partner in all Musée de la civilisation's exhibition programming.