Alongside Leah Gordon’s photography, Katherine Smith edits the text, which features essays by scholars and Freemasons, highlighting Haitian voices. It includes an extended interview with by Ronald Bellevue, a Grandmaster of the Parfaite Sincérité des Coeurs Réunis #4 Orient de Jacmel lodge and esteemed Vodou priest.
About Leah Gordon: Leah Gordon (born Ellesmere Port, UK) is a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and writer. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang, and played for a feminist folk punk band. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade, the enclosures, industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and the Norton Museum of Art, Florida. Her photography book ‘Kanaval’ was published by Here Press in 2021. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; and was the curator of ‘PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince’ at Pioneer Works, NYC in 2018 and MOCA, Miami in 2019. Gordon is directing a feature-length documentary on Jacmel’s Carnival for BBC’s Arena, which will appear in 2022 and she will be exhibiting and curating at documenta fifteen, Kassel.