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Kantara Souffrant

  1. Kantara Souffrant is a first generation Haitian-American artist-scholar. She uses her scholarly, performance and community-based work to encourage dialogue, personal and communal transformation, and social advancements in her communities.  Souffrant combines movement, song, folk stories, interviews, and personal narratives to create her own brand of “embodied storytelling.” Her performance work is informed by her work with Master Dancer Adenike Sharpley and her study of Yoruba and KiKongo aesthetics and African cosmologies where performance, art creation, and communal transformation are inseparable.

As an installation artist and performer she has presented her scholarly-artistic work at numerous venues including: The Whitney Biennale under the Dance Diaspora Collective, The Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diasporic Institute (CCCADI), New York University, Judson Church, praxis place (Chicago), the American Studies Association (ASA), The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Northwestern University, Fisher Gallery (Oberlin, OH), The University of York (UK), and the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition to her artistic practice, Souffrant has curated several events, including “Beyond Coasts: Haiti in the Midwest” (2015, Committee Co-Chair) which convened artists, scholars and community members to discuss and archive the history of the Haitian Diaspora in the Midwest region and I Shout to Keep My Devils at Bay: The Sacred in/and/of the Profane (2016) a performance, visual art, and dialogue series that examined the relationship between crisis, art activism, and healing practices within the sacred and secular realms.

Souffrant is a PhD Candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Her works examines the effects of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti on feminist and queer art and ritual practices in the Haitian Diaspora.  Souffrant currently serves as a museum educator at the Milwaukee Art Museum where she holds the title of Manager of School and Teacher Programs in addition to working closely with the Haitian and African Diasporic art collections. Her work is featured in the anthology Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (Lexington Books, 2016); the art project Correspondence between NYC & PaP; Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory (forthcoming); and Transnational Hispaniola: Converging Paths in the Dominican-Haitian Experience (Palgrave, forthcoming).