Title: Vaudou / Vodun
Texts by: Jacques Kerchache, Marc Augé, Gabin Djimassé, Suzanne Preston Blier, and Patrick Vilaire
Bilingual version French/English
Publisher: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Illustrations: 200 color and black and white illustrations
Dimensions: 24.4 x 32.4 x 2.8 cm
Vaudou / Vodun
In the late 1960s, Jacques Kerchache, an artistic advisor and curator of exhibitions, recognised the aesthetic potency and stunning originality of voodoo statuary and its forms. During his first trips to the birthplace of voodoo, now known as the Republic of Benin, he began to bring together what has become the most significant existing collection of African voodoo statuary.
Vodun: African Voodoo, an exhibition held at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in April 2011 presented to the public for the first time ever an exceptional selection of Vodun pieces from Benin and Togo drawn from the private collection of Anne and Jacques Kerchache.
Intended to complement the exhibition, the Vodun: African Voodoo catalog features over 150 photographs taken by Yuji Ono as part of a special commission.
The unusual career of Jacques Kerchache and his passion for African statuary are presented through a variety of personal documents and photographs. A selection of his writings on African art and Vodun in Benin, some of which have never been published before, is also included.
Finally, contributions by specialists in the field such as Marc Augé, Suzanne Preston Blier, Gabin Djimassé, and by the artist Patrick Vilaire shed new light on African Vodun, making the catalog a true resource book on the subject.