Gran Manje (Fat Cats), 1997,40 x 40 in, C-type Lambda prints from scans from black and white medium format negatives
Opening November 9, 2022 is Kanaval, a retrospective by photographer, filmmaker, curator, collector and writer Leah Gordon that documents twenty years of Carnival in Haiti. Curated by MOCA Curator Adeze Wilford, the exhibition consists of a series of black-and-white photographs taken on a mechanical medium format camera.
The images are contextualized by a series of oral histories related by the leaders of various troupes who oversee the design of the costume and generate the narratives surrounding Carnival.Their stories reflect the wealth of invention, fable, and self-generated mythology prevalent in much of Haitian culture. The photographs will be accompanied by a new feature-length documentary on the carnival providing a kinetic counterpoint to the portraits.