ANBA TONEL
Acrylic and synthetic sand on canvas
Available for sale


© Vidho Lorville

For the members of the Celestial Armies depicted here the struggle for life
is a perpetual battle against Satan and his servants. This millennial
movement of the Haitian urban poor is more than a Christian cult that
promises their followers future paradise, it is a means of defense against
the violence of poverty and exclusion. The scene in this church reminds me of
the thousands of Haitian 'boat people' who every year risk their lives in a
desperate attempt to reach the paradise of American shores. Like them, these
fervent Christians are often lost in the turbulent seas.

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