Haitian Vodou is an art. I consider the vodouisants as great artists and Vodou as a theater of the sacred. The trance-induced visions, epiphany and catharsis that are created within the ritual act, play on the elemental nature of life and death. It is a ceremonial process whose subterranean language is made of earth, fire, blood. Haiti contains a profoundly religious mind because it exists in a wasteland. This necessitates an inner strength that is unknown in our secular, economically privileged world. Direct, unfiltered communication with the unconscious, what the vodouisant calls ‘esprit’ or ‘les Mysteres’, acts as a source by which suffering can be translated through ritual forms. These are ancestral movements that are without real explanation except that this very human urge propels them through the nightmare of history and is impossible to destroy. Produced for the Smithsonian.
Troi Anderson is a documentary and fine art photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Troi began his career working in film for Magnolia Pictures and later as a Merchant Marine sailing throughout Asia and the South Pacific. His work has been featured on CNN, GeoFrance, TIME Lightbox, The Oregonian, Black and White and the photo collective Verve. Troi Anderson's photography has been exhibited in the Blue Sky Drawers program and was chosen as the Emerging Artists 2014 by Daniel Cooney Fine Art and Musee Magazine. His work was selected for the 2014 Smithsonian Photography Awards, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, Px3 2014, Aperture Summer Open 2014 the International Photography Awards 2014, PX3 White Competition 2015 and the Palm Springs Photography Festival Screenings 2015