The theme of the 2015 Ghetto Biennale is Kreyòl, Vodou and the Lakou: forms of resistance. The call for artists and curators will be supported in several languages including calls in Kreyòl, 官话, Português, لغة العربية, Español, русский, Français, and नॉट. Some of which will be available soon on the Ghetto Biennale's website. The deadline for proposal applications is midnight Sunday 5th July BST and the decisions on supported projects will be made and announced by the end of the third week in July 2015.
After the Haiti Revolution, the formerly enslaved peasants had three tools for their ‘counter-plantation' position - the Kreyòl language, the Lakou system and the belief-system and ritual practices of Vodou, a triumvirate of linguistic, territorial and cultural resistance. Laurent Dubois, writing in ‘Haiti: The Aftershocks of History', notes that, ‘thanks to a remarkably strong and widely shared set of cultural forms - the Kreyòl language, the Vodou religion, and innovative ways of managing land ownership…- they built a society able to resist all forms of subjection that recalled the days of slavery.'
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