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A Brooklyn-based, Haitian-American artist, educator, visible anthropologist and racial fairness coach has produced a mixed-media artwork mission embracing the energetic residing spiral of Black identification and tradition by “Vodou Roots.”
Régine Romain stated “Vodou Roots” additionally remembers “who we have been and are as individuals of African descent residing within the Americas.
“This racial justice work is an act of resistance, reminiscence, cultural restoration and reconciliation,” she stated. “It presents an open invitation to college students, educators and group members to discover problems with historic mis-representation, structural/institutional energy and privilege, and internalized oppression in relation to African and Diaspora religions (ADR).”
Roman stated “Vodou Roots” — curated by movie, oral storytelling (podcast) and reside performances to protect Vodou’s cultural expressions and indigenous data — dispels xenophobic biases in the direction of it whereas selling fairness and tolerance of “Black indigenous methods of being.”
She stated “Vodou Roots” is an outgrowth of 25-plus years of anthropological analysis, educating and private apply, highlighted by “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage;” “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical;” and “WaWaWa Diaspora Centre.”
Romain stated “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage” is a brief movie chronicling her three-year sojourn to Benin, previously Dahomey, the birthplace of Vodou, an historic West African faith.
“’Brooklyn to Benin’ is my private pilgrimage into Vodou and its inventive and cultural survival all through the Diaspora,” she stated, including that Vodou, additionally spelled Vodun, is “a non secular and spiritual apply that originates with the Fon and Ewe of Benin, West Africa.”
“Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical” is an intimate audio-narrative journey about Romain’s life and her relationship with Vodou and different conventional African religions/non secular practices.
She stated this 32-minute podcast explores Vodou’s historic survival, cultural influence, common values, arts and therapeutic modalities.
Romain stated “WaWaWa Diaspora Centre” is a cell platform created in Benin (2016) and integrated in New York State as a not-for-profit (2018).
She stated it “advances racial concord and therapeutic” for the Black descendants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Commerce on either side of the Atlantic Ocean, by inter-generational arts, training and alternate packages.
With over 20 years of educating, coaching and supporting numerous communities, Romain stated she makes use of images/movie/efficiency as mixed-media instructional instruments “to advertise love, understanding and respect in addressing problems with race, illustration and justice by participatory and reflective studying practices.”
By an in depth world community, she stated she produces culturally-transformative curricula, workshops, salons, performances, boards, reveals/festivals and excursions.
Romain is the founding father of City PhotoPoets, Brooklyn Photograph Salon and the Brooklyn to Benin initiatives.
Portraits for “Self-Figuring out Haiti,” Romain’s images of Haiti after the devastating 7.0 earthquake, was featured at A.I.R. Gallery as her first solo exhibition as a 2011-2012 Fellow.
She stated photographs from this exhibition are within the everlasting assortment on the Schomburg Middle for Analysis in Black Tradition in Harlem and are highlighted in a photograph essay featured in Meridians, Vol 11, No. 1 (2011), a journal revealed by Indiana College Press.
Romain stated her work has been displayed on the Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Cuba; UN Images Society, NY; and the Charles Sumner Museum, Washington, D.C.
Romain is the editor of “Diaspora Diaries: An Educators Information to MoCADA Artists” (2009).
Her photographic work on “Vodou” seems in MFON: Girls Photographers of the African Diaspora (2017).
Romain is a co-author and featured artist in “Ritual as Remembrance,” a Photoville lesson plan for fiveth to 12th graders, based mostly on the MFON mission “Altar: Prayer, Ritual, Choices,” exhibited at Photoville from Sept. 13-23, 2018 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Romain acquired her Bachelor of Science in worldwide research from Bowie State College, a public, historically-Black college in Prince George’s County, MD, north of Bowie.
She additionally acquired her Grasp of Arts in images and concrete tradition from Goldsmiths, College of London.