Pierrot Barra (1942-1999) was a Haitian Vodou artist and priest, who was president of a Bizango society.[1] With his wife Marie Cassaise, he worked from the Iron Market of Port-au-Prince, where he made “Vodou repositories from toys, fabric, glass, sequins, goats’ horns, rosaries, costume jewelry, compact mirrors, Christmas ornaments, crucifixes, and other discarded materials.”[2] His Afro-Cuban dolls sold well, bought by locals to protect themselves.[3] He often used discarded American toys and dolls as the basis of his works, embellishing them with “charms, glitter, sequins, beads, and crosses that were originally intended for altars”.[4] Nottingham Contemporary art centre contains several of his works.[5]
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