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Come and join us on journey to Haiti on the 31st of May at Hoxton Arches Gallery.

Bokantaj is a collaborative project that engages a range of themes that challenge mainstream understanding of art & culture from Africa and its Diaspora and how it manifests itself in contemporary societies of the globe.

Living and growing up in the UK, the typical encounter with Caribbean culture tends to be focused on the English speaking Caribbean. French speaking Caribbean culture by comparison tends to be muted.

We will focus on Haiti a country often portrayed, through the gaze of poverty, disaster, and ‘vodoo’.
Explore new facets of Haiti through art, music and dance.

Afternoon programme from 3pm -7:30 pm : free entry
3:30 pm- Film projection by Leah Gordon followed by discussions.
Leah Gordon is an artist and curator and has produced a body of work on the representational boundaries between art, religion, anthropology, post-colonialism and folk history
Film: Atis Rezistans and Pig tale

5 pm :Haitian inspired beatboxing with DavidX.

David will take us on journey from Africa to Haiti and the French speaking caribbean through rythms

6:30 pm: Dance performance with Pia
Pia is a visual artist and dancer. She explores the space between dance/movement and her 2D art accompanied with live music.She will based her performance on Erzulie – the Haitian deity that was inspired by Oshun.

From 8pm -12 am: after party with DJ Oli featuring music from the French speaking Caribbean (£5 only).
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