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The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

Exhibition Detail
The Healing Spirits of Water
Curated by: M. Stephanie Chancy
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199


February 27th, 2013 - April 7th, 2013
Opening: 
February 27th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Amazing Grace, Wangechi MutuWangechi Mutu, Amazing Grace,
2005, Super 8 film transferred (2 DVD's) , Running time: 7 minutes, 9 seconds Edition of 1 of 6 +2 AP's
© Courtesy of the artist and The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
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When the African slaves were forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean on their treacherous journey to the New World, they brought their spirits with them. In Haiti, the water spirits who guide the ritual of purification may take on many forms, but all are part of Voudoun, a religion that is fundamentally African. For Voudoun ceremonies, colorful ritual flags are carried to the service; they are believed to possess a magical power, which can be activated in the ritual. Presented along with these ritual flags is a video by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu which is inspired by the redemptive hymn Amazing Grace and its origins in the slave trade, where the difficulty of the crossing was redeemed only by God's grace and the power of the water.


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