beading and sequins overall; central turquoise drum in front of a gold platform, with an old man with white hair and beard wearing gold pants and a black shirt with green leaves and vines assisting a woman wearing a white hat and blue dress with moons and starts onto the platform; musicians at left and right; man in red knickers and gold shirt playing maracas and man in green pants and black and red shirt playing a lute at right; man in dark blue suit playing an accordion, man in white pants at red shirt with leaves seated on and playing a box-shaped percussion instrument, and man in black tank top playing a harmonica at left; large brown element at top; multicolored beads on border, with symmetrical pattern of maracas, conical horns, and lutes; outer fabric border of patterned khaki, grey, and white fabric, with gold sequined trimming

Bal Kontredans, 2021

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Bal Kontredans, 2021, is a drapo Vodou or a Vodou flag by the Haitian artist Myrlande Constant. Sewing beads and sequins onto cloth, the artist creates a lavish scene layered with meaning and symbolism within Vodou and Haitian culture. In this work, seven individuals gather around a drum. One plays maracas, another strums a guitar while another plays a harmonica. Smoke, color, and patterns swirl as a man extends an arm to a woman who steps forward clasping her hat. Amid her vibrant landscape, different figures are engaging with each other to perform the ritual at hand.

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Bal Kontredans
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Artist
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2022.23.2
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beading and sequins overall; central turquoise drum in front of a gold platform, with an old man with white hair and beard wearing gold pants and a black shirt with green leaves and vines assisting a woman wearing a white hat and blue dress with moons and starts onto the platform; musicians at left and right; man in red knickers and gold shirt playing maracas and man in green pants and black and red shirt playing a lute at right; man in dark blue suit playing an accordion, man in white pants at red shirt with leaves seated on and playing a box-shaped percussion instrument, and man in black tank top playing a harmonica at left; large brown element at top; multicolored beads on border, with symmetrical pattern of maracas, conical horns, and lutes; outer fabric border of patterned khaki, grey, and white fabric, with gold sequined trimming
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