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Caribbean Passion: Haiti 1804

Caribbean Passion: Haiti 1804 is a series of paintings about the struggle against slavery and colonialism on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries. The paintings portray key figures in the Haitian Revolution, including Toussaint and Suzanne L’Ouverture, Jean Jacques and Marie Claire Dessalines, and Sanite and Charles Belair.

The paintings were first shown in a 2004 solo exhibition at London’s Bettie Morton Gallery to mark 200 years since the people of Haiti declared independence from France. In 2005, the exhibition toured to the Art Exchange in Nottingham.

Works from the series have since been shown internationally, including at the
Diaspora Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale, at 154: Contemporary African Art in New York, at the Independent Art Fair in New York, at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln and at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

Paintings from the series are held in private collections in the UK and US.

Toussaint Louverture at Bedourete (2004, oil on linen, 136 cm x 183cm)
Charles and Sanite Belair (2002, oil on linen, 152 x 152cm — private collection)
Bacchus & Ariadne (2004, oil on linen, 132 cm x 152 cm)
The Small Axe (2004, oil on linen, 70 x 100cm — private collection)
Jean Jacques and Marie Claire Dessalines (2004, Oil on linen 190cm x 143cm)
Installation View of Caribbean Passion: Haiti 1804 at the Bettie Morton Gallery, London, 2004
Installation view of the Diaspora Pavillion, at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017
Installation view of Diaspora Pavilion Venice to Wolverhampton at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2018. Photo K. Donkor