Leah Gordon is a British photographer whom in 1991 went on a trip for the 1994 Amnesty International Report on Haiti and since has been exhibiting the photographs.
Her first Exhibition in 1995 was entitled ‘Haiti: Photos, Paintings and Ironworks’ at the October Gallery - the second being ‘Sacred Voodoo Flags of Haiti’ - the images from this show were printed in NERO magazine following her first exhibition at Riflemaker gallery ‘Voo-doo’ in 2009 and it was the first time I had come across the work - I obsessed with the images and had shown them to many friends.
Now I have stumbled upon more images via Rifemaker gallery whom are due to exhibit her work again from 5 July - Saturday 10 September. The show will be called ‘The Invisibles’.
Atis-Rezistans: the Sculptors of Grand Rue
by Leah Gordon
Grand Rue is the main avenue that runs through downtown Port au Prince, Haiti. At its southern end is a community that has a historical tradition of arts, crafts and religious practice. Contemporary Haitian artists Celeur, Eugène, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in this ghetto atmosphere of junkyard make-do and artistic endeavour. Their powerful sculptural collages of have transformed the detritus of a failing economy into bold, radical and warped sculptures. Their work references their shared African & Haitian cultural heritage, a dystopian sci-fi view of the future and the transformative act of assemblage. The monumental works they have created are liberally scattered around this slum area, transforming the clamorous area into an organic art installation. This multi-layered film is a portrait of a neighbourhood both materially poor but culturally rich, and a meditation of the links between sex, death and creativity as expressed through the Vodou spirit Gede, that influences all their work. (2008)