Friday, 24 June 2011

22.06.2011






Rituals in Haiti: Hair Bind
Performance documentation
PĂ©tionville
Haiti
22.06.2011
14.00-14.44h




Wednesday, 15 June 2011

12.06.2011




18°26'44.45"N
72°19'11.36"W
elev. 1722m



12.06.2011
15.57h


Near Bois d'Avril village
Haiti

11.06.2011 bis






Flights of Fancy II
photographic documentation
Mt.Drapeau
Bois D'Avril
Haiti
11.06.2011
16.56h



photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist

11.06.2011






Flights of Fancy I
photographic documentation
Mt.Drapeau
Bois D'Avril
Haiti
11.06.2011
16.33h



photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist


Sunday, 5 June 2011

04.06.2011



Chair (that she may not fall soft)
photographic documentation
PĂ©tion Ville,
Port au Prince, Haiti
04.06.2011
22.09h


photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist




..."The South Slavonian peasant believes that witches ride in the dark hail-clouds; so he shoots at the clouds to bring down the hags, while he curses them, saying, "Curse, curse Herodias, thy mother is a heathen, damned of God and fettered through the Redeemer's blood." Also he brings out a pot of glowing charcoal on which he has thrown holy oil, laurel leaves, and wormwood to make smoke. The fumes are supposed to ascend to the clouds and stupefy the witches, so that they tumble down to earth. And in order that they may not fall soft, but may hurt themselves very much, the yokel hastily brings out a chair and tilts it bottom up so that the witch in falling may break her legs on the legs of the chair. Worse than that, he cruelly lays scythes, bill-hooks, and other formidable weapons edge upwards so as to cut and mange the poor wretches when they drop plump upon them from the clouds."






Source: The Golden Bough, a study in magic and religion, by Sir James George Frazer, first published 1922; Wordsworth Editions Ltd. 1993
pp649-pp650

Friday, 3 June 2011

02.06.2011



Shadow (night)
performance documentation
Petion Ville,
Port au Prince, Haiti
02.06.2011


22.07-22.21h


photographs courtesy Martin Siegrist




..."Thus in the beginning stage we can say that the shadow is all that is within you which you do not know about."...


Source: Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales, Marie-Lousie von Franz, Shambhala, Boston & London, 1995
pp4