Sokari Ekine

Documentary Photographer, Visual Scholar
Spirit Desire Vodou Shorts: 1 - Spirit Practice
Location: New Orleans
Nationality: Nigerian British
Biography: Sokari is a Nigerian British feminist, photographer, visual scholar, writer, and activist.  She has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US.  Her work focuses on decolonization, sexuality and sexual rights,... read on
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Spirit Desire Vodou Shorts: 1 - Spirit Practice
Credits: sokari ekine
Date of Work: 06/01/16 - 06/01/16
Updated: 09/11/19
Location: Haiti
“Spirit Desire” is a celebration of Haitian Vodoun as a site of resistance, decolonization, and community. The series which includes images of everyday living, ritual, and ceremony, aims to shift the gaze from representations that depict Vodoun as negative and present a decolonizing narrative: one in which Vodouisants engage with a consciousness and spirituality that celebrates our humanity rather than focusing on a set of prescribed normative identities.
Exploring the dance, song, possession, drumming, aesthetics, and ritual of Vodoun through photography allows me to express the freedom of an unbound imagination that recognizes the power of the self and the spirit within us as a multidimensional force which stretches far into the past and into the future.

Sokari Ekine is a Nigerian British documentary photographer, visual scholar, and writer based in Port-au-Prince Haiti and New Orleans, US.

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