Myth, History and Repetition: André Breton and Vodou in Haiti

  title={Myth, History and Repetition: Andr{\'e} Breton and Vodou in Haiti},
  author={Terri Geis},
  journal={South Central Review},
  pages={56 - 75}
  • Terri Geis
  • Published 30 March 2015
  • Art
  • South Central Review
During André Breton’s visit to Haiti in 1945-46, the French surrealist leader sought to connect surrealist politics and automatist practices with the legacies of the Haitian Revolution and the ritual practices of Vodou possession. Recent developments in Haitian painting were central to his efforts, as can be seen from a comment that Breton left in the visitors’ book at the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince: “Haitian painting will drink the blood of the phoenix. And, with the epaulets of [Jean… 

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