Born in Port-au-Prince, and based in Miami, Edouard Duval-Carrié is a leading contemporary artist focusing on the multi-faceted nature of Haitian identity and culture. Duval-Carrié’s impressive multi-part altarpiece, Endless Flight, contains dense imagery referencing Haitian spirituality, history, and politics. Created at a time of increased Haitian migration into the United States, the artwork casts central Voudou spirits, or lwa, as modern figures including a superhero, a stripper, and a soldier. The central wall of the altarpiece, echoing the architecture of a Catholic church, is accompanied by seven sculptural assemblages. These sculptures are in the form of ships and carts, and carry figures and symbols associated with Voudou spirits like Baron Samedi—the father of the spirits of the dead, and Erzulie Dantor —the goddess of love, motherhood, and vengeance. These vessels refer to the historical migration of colonists and enslaved Africans to Haiti, as well as the modern migration of Haitians fleeing their country due to political turmoil and poverty. Endless Flight is a key work in the Figge’s permanent collection and was acquired with the generous assistance of multiple donors. We are thrilled to share it once again with our community.
Supporting Sponsor: Brian and Diana Lovett
Contributing Sponsor: Carolyn Levine & Leonard Kallio Trust