Mud, blood and dark rum: on 1 November, an exhibition on vodou (also known as voodoo) will open at the Tropenmuseum. The museum’s curator is keeping a blog on the preparations in Haiti.
The exhibition ‘Vodou - Art & Mysticism’ includes objects made for the secret Bizango societies, which originate in slavery and the violent freedom fight. Many objects will be exhibited outside Haiti for the first time.
Curator Paul Faber wonders about vodou’s flexibility: “I couldn’t imagine how an open and accessible société like Le Grand Drap could at the same time be a secret society, but Aboudja didn’t think this was strange at all”.
Vodou blog. Image Tropenmuseum