Vodou is an ancient traditional West African religion that originates with the Fon and Ewe of Benin and Togo. Translated, Vodou means: the power and creator of all things. Since the 15th century, practioners of Vodou have endured global religious persecution due to ethno-centric prejudice and miseducation. Millions of Africans were transplanted with their religion by way of the horrific Trans-Atlantic slave trade – the largest forced migration in global history. Vodou was successfully maintained, though its power was seen as a threat to the institution of slavery and consequently, systematically demonized, with many practioners punished through beatings, dismemberment, and public executions. Amazingly, Vodou endured and though forcibly hidden, bloomed throughout the Americas and Caribbean.
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A partnership with El Museo del Barrio, the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and its Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite Sou Tanbou (VST), presents "Resisting AntiHaitianismo: Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere," an evening concert by Haitian, Dominican, and Puerto Rican artists supporting activism and unity around the conditions of statelessness for people of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic.
A group of New York's finest Haitian dancers, singers, and drummers come together to share a sampling of the rich heritage of Vodou ceremonial dances, rhythms, and songs honoring the spirits of nature and the ancestors. With choreographer/dancer/dance educator Peniel Guerrier,KONGO Haitian Roots Ensemble directed by Oneza Lafontant, and other special guests.
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In this open-ended, multimedia and informal conversation, we discuss Régine’s career and trajectory, using as pretext her recent multimedia performance work Brooklyn to Benin, A Vodou Pilgrimage.
BK Photographer Unloads ‘Baggage’ for a Soul-Journey
For years, this Brooklyn photographer has traveled the world, capturing the lives and essence of people’s stories. Currently, she’s working on documenting the migration and development of ancient African traditions like Vodou and uncovering her ancestral heritage all from behind the lens of her camera. In this exclusive interview, she shares her passion, gives a little advice about being the best self you can be and unloading burdens in order to receive true transformation.
Three women road-trip from Laurel, MD through Mexico to Punta Gorda, Belize to uncover African-American traditions of herbal medicine and natural healing.
Review by Mark Jenkins
Régine Romain, an A.I.R. 2011- 2012 Fellow, had her first solo exhibition entitled, Portraits for Self Determining Haïti at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The show opened January 5 and closed January 28, 2012.
Ayiti: Reaching Higher Ground
Vol. 11, No. 1 (2011), pp. 132-140
Published by: Indiana University Press
Portraits for Self Determining Haiti by Regine Romain
Interview with Regine Romain on her first solo exhibition, Portraits for Self Determining Haiti
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles writes a review of Regine Romain's work.