X2005.3.1 Danbalah la Flambeau (Danbala Flambeau)

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Object Name: Danbalah la Flambeau (Danbala Flambeau)

Artist: Edouard Duval-Carrié (b.1954, Haiti; lives and works in Miami Beach, Florida, United States)

Place of Origin: Haiti

Date/Era: 2000

Dimensions: H: 176.4 cm, W: 263.0 cm, D: 10.5 cm (H: 69.4 in, W: 103.5 in, D: 4.1 in)

Medium/Materials: Mixed media on canvas in artist’s frame

Credit Line: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Museum purchase.

Accession Number: X2005.3.1


The works of contemporary Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié document the perilous journeys over water that many peoples of African descent have courageously endured, during and subsequent to enslavement. In this painting, spirits of the Haitian pantheon are tossed about in a small boat on a dangerous sea. A U.S. Coast Guard cutter launches missiles and sends warplanes across the sky, while the angry creator serpent, Danbalah la Flambeau, rears his menacing visage above the scene. Duval-Carrié alludes to the spiritual resilience and resolve of Haitian people and their gods in the face of peril-a resolve that revealed itself as early as the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), a watershed for black empowerment in the Americas.

Source: Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006.

See also: Marla C. Berns, World Arts, Local Lives: The Collections of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, 2014.