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VENACULAR UNIVERSALISM | FREEMASONRY IN HAITI

In Haiti, during the colonial era, the Freemasons were one of the few European institutions that allowed black membership. Freemasonry still thrives in contemporary Haiti, and its visual world pervades the Haitian imaginary. Symbols recur throughout these photographs that once tethered a web of ideas that stretched across the Atlantic, encrypting the most precious values of the Enlightenment.

After many years of research and with unprecedented access, Leah Gordon’s photography offer a rare glimpse of Haiti’s urban middle class; exemplars of respectability in a world invisible to most foreign observers. Surveying these photographs reveals unexpected couplings: mysticism and civil society; secrecy and spectacle; solemnity and celebration; patriarchy and grace.

EXHIBITIONS
2018 - Vernacular Universalism, Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk St, Lower East Side, NY NY, USA
New York Review of Books

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Third Degree Tracing Board (2018)
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Second Degree Tracing Board (2018)
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First Degree Tracing Board (2018)
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Celebrating St John the Baptist at Parfaite Sincérité des Coeurs Réunis #4 Orient de Jacmel 1795 (2014)
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La Respectable Loge Le Cosmos #3 Orient de Delmas Grand Lodge d’Ayiti de 1961 (2016)
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Les Eleves de la Vertu # 20 Orient de Miragoane (2016)
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Secretary in front of ‘Bwa Sen Jan’ (the wood of St John the Baptist) at Parfaite Sincérité des Coeurs Réunis #4 Orient de Jacmel 1795 (2014)
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La Glorieuse Independence #72 Orient de Dessalines Grand Orient d’Haiti 1824 (2015)
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Rough ashlar at Les Eleves de la Vertu # 20 Orient de Miragoane (2016)
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Celebrating St John Baptiste at Loge L'Amitié des Frères Réunis #1, Grand Orient d'Haïti de 1824 (2015)
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Mason at La Respectable Loge Les Coeurs – Unis #24, Port-au-Prince 1839 (2014)
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Rough ashlar at L’Union de Grand Loge d’Haiti #65 1961 Orient de Cabaret (2017)
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Ernest ‘le venerable’ Dominique, Les Eleves de la Vertu # 20 Orient de Miragoane (2016)
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La Respectable Loge l'Etoile # 5, Port-au-Prince (2017)
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Celebrating St John the Baptist at Parfaite Sincérité des Coeurs Réunis #4 Orient de Jacmel 1795 (2014)
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Freemasons sitting outside La Respectable Loge Les Coeurs – Unis #24 1839, Port-au-Prince (2014)
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Freemason outside the La Respectable Verité #47 (2014)
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La Respectable Loge Le Cosmos #3 Orient de Delmas Grand Lodge d’Ayiti de 1961 (2017)
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Celebrating St John the Baptist at Parfaite Sincérité des Coeurs Réunis #4 Orient de Jacmel 1795 (2014)
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Replicas of 17th century Haitian Freemason Lodge Columns by Molej Zamour & Michel Lafleur (2015)
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Replica Third Degree Coffin Lid by Molej Zamour & Michel Lafleur (2015)
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Interior of La Glorieuse Independence #72 Orient de Dessalines Grand Orient d’Haiti 1824 (2015)
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Temple at La Respectable Loge Les Coeurs – Unis #24, Port-au-Prince 1839 (2014)
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Interior of La Glorieuse Independence #72 Orient de Dessalines Grand Orient d’Haiti 1824 (2015)
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La Respectable Loge Le Cosmos #3 Orient de Delmas Grand Lodge d’Ayiti de 1961 (2017)
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Chair outside La Respectable Loge Les Coeurs – Unis #24 1839, Port-au-Prince (2014)
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Emperor Sonson aka Akikibaka, Vodou priest and Mason, at temple in Gressier
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La Glorieuse Independence #72 Orient de Dessalines Grand Orient d’Haiti 1824 2015
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Pharmacie Jarbath, Jacmel (2019)
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Masonic Tonbs at the National Cemetery, Port-au-Prince (2016)
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Temple at La Respectable Loge Les Coeurs – Unis #24, Port-au-Prince 1839 (2014)