X87.19 Papa Guede (Papa Gede)

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Artist unknown
Papa Guede (Papa Gede)
second half of twentieth century
Sequins, beads, fabric
Fowler Museum at UCLA, X87.19; Museum Purchase, Manus Funds


Accentuating his dual nature, “Papa Guede” exuberantly clicks his heels beside a funereal skull and crossbones. For Gede, death and sexuality are not opposites but complementary halves of one transcendent whole.

Source: Exhibition wall text, In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art