Sequins and beads on fabric

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In the late 1980s, artist Mireille Delismé worked as a seamstress in a Japanese textile factory in Port-auPrince, Haiti, where she picked up techniques for beading. Later, she developed her skills alongside her friend, the artist Myrlande Constant, who is known for making Drapo Vodou, or Vodou Flags. Since becoming an independent artist, Delismé has built a studio, where she teaches, mentors, and provides work for her community, while contributing to the preservation of this traditional art form. Delismé’s bead work incorporates designs that represent traditional vodou deities used to explain divinity and give clarity to life’s expressions and meaning. In this vodou fag, the artist captures the devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010. She depicts representatives of Haiti's three main religions – Catholicism, Vodou, and Protestant Christianity – praying among the rubble and the dead. Although vodou fags are often associated with dark magic or superstition, they are, in contrast, a way to portray spiritual realms and serve as a tool for guidance, wisdom, and healing.


The artist’s participation is made possible with support from the US Embassy in Nepal.

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