An illustrated lecture by Gabriel Toso. Arrive 7.15 for 7.30 start.
Possession is, in the words of Maya Deren, ‘the centre towards which all the roads of Vodou converge’. In this lecture Gabriel Toso shares his research and personal experience on this quintessential practice, focussing on the complex relationship between the possessing lwas (gods) and the possessed person, especially in ritual ceremonies. Possession is the ultimate union, the closest one can possibly be to the divine. Yet, what happens during the sacred ride, to the person possessed: their body, mind and spirit? Join us.
Gabriel Toso is a French/Italian art historian born in Venice and living in London. He has over ten years experience of working in the art market while also collaborating with the British Museum’s Learning, Volunteers and Audiences Department. Moved by a profound interest in the spiritual path of Vodou, Toso has visited and participated in ceremonies in Haiti and Brazil. He has previously lectured at Treadwell’s on Haitian vodou: on its art and sacred ritual objects, and on its surprisingly progressive relationship to the LGBT.