It is with great pleasure that I announce that I will be giving a talk on Haitian Vodou Aesthetics and Resistance, at the CAA 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles. The artists and artworks I will be talking about, have so much importance in contemporary times, expressing a historical narrative within the Creolization of language, art, music and dance. This is something which has been very important to me for a long time now. As an undergraduate I worked for Haitian Art Historian Dr. Marilyn Houlberg, archiving 6567 slides of Haitian Artworks for the Smithsonian. A link to the archive can be found here: Marilyn Houldberg Nigeria collection, circa 1956-circa 2005
As an undergraduate student, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I worked closely with Marilyn and I considered her a friend and a mentor. With the guidance of Philosopher Howard Caygill, I have developed a theory of Resistance within the Haitian diaspora of cultural aesthetics.
I am honored & humbled to be given the chance to speak at CAA 2018.
Marilyn Houlberg & Rowynn Dumont 2006
Marilyn would be proud