The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU, the Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York, the Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (CSAAD) at NYU, and Global Spiritual Life at NYU, present a discussion around the shape that spirituality has taken, particularly in the Haitian diasporic community. Panelists will include Véronëque Ignace( Kriyol Dance Collective), Mahalia Stines (a fiber & metal artist) and Sabine Blaizin (a DJ whose focus is on African diasporic music), - three women who are on three unique journeys with Vodou. Moderated by Wynnie Lamour (Kreyol at NYU).
This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.
About the Event:
#insideVodou is an opportunity to learn more about a religious and spiritual practice that is often mired in gross misconceptions. Is it “African witchcraft”? Is it “Black magic”? The event will begin with a presentation by Mahalia on the history and background of Vodou followed by a conversation with panelists on the role of Vodou in their lives. Audience members will be able to ask questions and have a chance to do some self-exploration through a guided group meditation by Linda Katherine Duverné.
This event will take place in both English and Haitian Creole.
About the Speakers:
Véronëque Ignace is a public health practitioner, Haitian feminist theorist, and participatory arts researcher, Véronëque Ignace uses dance and writing to merge her passion for public heath and global health. With her movement she hopes complicate methods to social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration. She has studied West African and contemporary movement with Sandra L. Burton, in Williams College's Kusika Dance Company, and by extension Nia Love and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. In 2016, Ignace founded Kriyol Dance! Collective as a means of activating her scholarly work and public health research in community. She is an alum of SUNY Downstate School of Public Health.
Mahalia Stines is a Brooklyn based Fiber Artist and Culture Conservationist. Although formerly trained as a Costume Designer at the French Fashion Academy with the Great Carole H. Beule. Mahalia has always had a strong interest in Fiber and it’s infinite possibilities and applications, an interest that grew from watching the Russian-Haitian Artist Tamara Baussan at work.
In recent years her practice has evolved into the production of Large scale Art Quilts, small mixed-media collages, and wall sculptures, incorporating the various fiber processes and skills she’s acquired over the years, from weaving, felting, embroidery, quilting to beadwork and exploring themes as varied as Mother Nature’s chaos to History.
Cultural elements from her Native Haiti often feature prominently in her work, she firmly believes that Culture is our greatest natural resource, therefore sharing the vibrant culture of Haiti is becoming a Mission.
She continues to design costumes, for the last four years for Durham based Gaspard & Dancers and Brooklyn Based Fanmi Asòtò.
Sabine Blaizin's work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca, Cumbancha, and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, Dj Sabine's mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of "Grassroots Dance Culture". Sabine worked for Ocha Records label as a Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. She was also the resident DJ for Subrosa's signature monthly party Cumbancha featuring African inspired rhythms of House, Soul, Latin music and more. In 2018 Sabine was a resident DJ for Fania Records' Fania Collective. Today, she curates a monthly party at Le Bain NYC called Rekolte: A Night of Haitian Roots & House. Oyasound Ep is currently in the works. Dj Sabine spins Global Soul: House, Afrotech, Afrobeat, Haitian Roots and other diasporic tunes. She's had the great opportunity to spin nationally in the US in NYC, Atlanta, St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago, Omaha, Boston, New Orleans, Miami, LA/Oakland, NJ, Washington DC, Dallas, Denver and internationally in Canada, Senegal, Haiti, Cuba, London, Paris, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, & Mexico. She sits on several panel discussions, DJs, and curates showcases for the well renown Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), highlighting the power of spirituality in the arts and has been honored as an emerging artist at the 27th Annual Women of Power Conference 2014: The Art of Being a Woman. Sabine made the Most Respected House DJ's List of 2014 by MediaServiceNyc for recognized innovative djs. In June 2014, Sabine produced her 1st installment of her project Lakay Se Lakay: Home Is Home a Haitian electronic artists conversation series & No Passport (NYC Edition) party in conjunction with Haiti Cultural Exchange's 1st NYC Haitian Arts & Culture festival Selebrayson!. Since, Sabine produced her 2nd installment as a full-day conference in partnership with The New School in 2015 and the 3rd as a visual/sonic installment for HCX's 2016 Lakou Nou Fellowship. Sabine was also the featured Dj for the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art's 50th Anniversary. Sabine ultimately seeks to create new scholarship through the African and Haitian diasporic lens of music, culture and spirituality.
Linda Katherine Duverné is a Senior at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study studying Self-Care, Mindfulness, and Ancestral Healing for Haiti's future. As a part of her concentration, she is working on understanding how intergenerational trauma manifests in the Haitian diaspora, specifically millennials, and how they can engage with modes of healing to alleviate trauma. She sees herself blending wellness and law to support the Haitian community.
Wynnie Lamour is the founder of The Haitian Creole Language Institute, and an educator with a focus on Language & Communication. She has spent the last several years teaching Haitian Creole in the New York City metro area to a wide array of language learners, including non-profit professionals, public school teachers, and entrepreneurs. Her experiences growing up in Brooklyn as a Haitian-American have provided her with a unique perspective as an educator, allowing her an ease that comes when one is equally comfortable in both cultures and languages. Wynnie has a BA in Linguistics from Cornell University and an MA in Urban Affairs from CUNY Queens College. Both degrees have allowed her a flexibility to blend effortlessly into many different sectors. Wynnie's philosophy of teaching is rooted in the idea of "Mindfulness", which promotes community and connectedness, while establishing a sense of pride and respect for both the Haitian language and culture. Wynnie's most recent work includes a translation of an excerpt of the Franketienne novel "Dezafi" published May 2013 by Transition Magazine (Issue 111 "New Narratives of Haiti"), a publication of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.