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Zonbi Aesthetics and Surfaces of Selves:
Practices of assembling, disassembling, and reusing persons in Petwo Courtyards
Alissa Jordan University of Florida
Solirye, Outskirts of Arcahaie, Haiti
In the “Zonbi” Cradle of Haiti, or the “Vodou center” as in Hurston (1938).Courtyard model still dominates.
Methodological approach drawn from Hurston (1938) and Deren (1952) and their later followers
What are zonbi?
A force of movement, activity, motor energy. Part of normal bodily functions
What is Petwo?
A Vodou nation of lwa and a style of Vodou practice. But in Vodou nations are, in practice, inextricable from one another.
At the site, Petwo deals with problems of selves, movement, bodily work, and bodily assembling.
Zonbi: A Tangled Web
Petwo work engages selves through surface aesthetics and petwo practitioners adapt these selves through surface practice
What do I mean by surface and surface aesthetic?
Not just the “top”. I mean that which we can touch, feel, sense, intuit through encounters, that which is revealed or disclosed through practice.
“Upkeeping bodies” involves working body surfaces in relation to their depths.
Human bodies are assemblages
A Zonbi is a component of a bodily assemblage
Zonbi (and bodies in general) are known by their style
can be Extracted
Keep us active
can be PUSHED
Things zonbi do
Zonbi teach us that bodies are diffuse, shared, reusable.
Artist: Sergine Andre “Djinn”
Zonbi teach us that bodies like to dissassemble and that it takes work to keep them whole.
Zonbi is a component of a bodily assemblage