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16 Jun, 2012 at 12:00 am - 11 Aug, 2012 at 12:00 am

A photograph by Leah Gordon depicting three men with their shirts off wearing black cloth masks with horns attached to them which cover their whole face.

New Art Exchange is proud to present Kanaval: Voudou, Politics and Revolution on the Street of Haiti, a touring exhibition of photographic works by artist Leah Gordon. Leah Gordon is a photographer, film-maker and curator who has, in recent years, produced a considerable body of work on the representational boundaries between art, religion, anthropology, colonialism and folk.

Leah’s images presented in this exhibition aretaken in Jacmel, a former coffee port in Southern Haiti which has suffered gradual economic decline during the latter half of the last century but it still has a strong tradition of arts.

It is this creative legacy that fuels this genuinely grassroots carnival. In pre-Lenten Mardi Gras festivities, troupes of performers act out mythological and political tales in a whorish theatre of the absurd that courses the streets, rarely shackled by traditional parade. Whatever the carnival lacks in glitz and spectacle, it makes up for in home-grown surrealism and mythical metaphor.

To see the tour pack, please contact [email protected]

Exhibition has recently been shown at:

Ort Gallery, 11 September – 25 October 2014

About NAE’s Touring Exhibitions

New Art Exchange curates a number of exhibitions annually, a number of which are available for national and international tour. With a focus on contemporary fine art practice our exhibitions present various mediums and we work with both British and international artists. All of our exhibitions contribute to NAE’s mission statement which is to stimulate new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society.

Details of the exhibitions currently available to tour can be found below. If you are interested in hiring one of our touring exhibitions, please contact [email protected]