The Goddess Projects (2009-current) consist of various art-works which use the French-American performer & social-activist Josephine Baker as its central leitmotif.
The Goddess Projects include:
The Goddess Constellations / Sky Above Port-au-prince Haiti 12 January 2010, 21:53 UTC
2012, Velour-papers on foam, pins, embossed metal-foil, ±300cm x 300cm from 9 individual 100cm x 100cm panels
This artwork reflects the view of the sky above Haiti during the officially recorded time of the 2010 Earthquake. Approximately 750 stars containing embossed portraits of Josephine Baker as the Goddess
The Goddess Temple / Arabesque
2014, Embossed Velvet textiles on aerated-concrete blocks on wood-pallets ±300cm x 300cm
An imaginary "ruin" of Josephine Baker's unconstructed Parisian villa of 1928 (by Adolf Loos). Embossed velvets contain a poem "Al Atlal" (the ruins) in its original Arab
Shrine of the Divine Negress No.1
2009, PVC, acrylic paint, colored gels, textiles, ± dims. 400cm x 275cm
Installation at the Fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana in conjunction with the 10th Havana Biennale (re-installed at Kunstraum DadaPost Berlin in 2010)
The original installation included a shroud with the image of Charlemagne Péralte, the martyred Haitian nationalist
Divine Negress Butterfly Fans
2009, Die-cut 4-color Offset printed cardboard and wood
1000 hand-fans is distributed to the public with the quotation: "A butterfly flapping its wings...can generate a violent storm"-Kofi Annan, (Nobel Prize speech, 2001 Oslo)
The Goddess Constellations / 5:00.12.04.1975.48°51N2°21E
2011, Textile, pins, embossed metal-foil, ± dims. 300cm x 300cm
A 3-dimensional map of the sky above Paris (48°51N2°21E) marking the hour (5AM) of Josephine Baker's *death on the 12th of April 1975, approximately 700 'stars' each containing an embossed portrait
The Goddess Constellations / Fragment Nr.1, Paris 5AM 12 April 1975
(VARIATION) Velour-paper, foam, embossed metal 2011, 140cm x 100 cm
- 1. video"Shrine of the Divine Negress Nr.1" at Kunstraum Dada-Post Berlin via Blog/diary
- 2. Bomb magazine online discusses the term Negress (négresse) in an interview between H.Als and author and artist Coco Fusco refering to the complexities and contradictions of a term used in some Caribbean cultures with a sense of matriarchal empowerment, such as "belle négresse" implies in Haiti. The Bajan-American author and critic Hilton Al's illuminates the many facets of this term in his acclaimed book The Women (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998).
- 3. Josephine Baker adopted 12 children from around the world. Her family was known as the Rainbow Tribe
- 4. The Haitian Earth quake of 2010 killed more than a quarter of a million people. Additional notes and reflections are posted in the diary/blog of this website on *several Diary/Blog postshere
- 5. "Haïti" sung by Josephine Baker on Diary/Blog of this website
- 6. Essay" from The Scholar and Feminist Online Published by The Barnard Center for Research on Women entitled "The Use-Value of 'Josephine Baker"
- 7. Péralte (Charlemagne Péralte1886-1919) foto was used as the inspiration for a shroud in the original installation of the Shrine of the Divine Negress Nr.1
- 8. USA military occupation of Haiti from 1915-1935
- 9. Bronze Venus was used ubiquitously to refer to Josephine Baker
- 10. Al Atlal (the Ruins) Poem used on The Goddess Temple / Arabesque
- 11. The Root on "When Black Venus Was the Standard of Beauty"