Arts of Espiritismo


My 2014 book featured work from four generations of the same religious family. However, over the course of my research, I worked with a number of practicing espiritistas. I have not had the opportunity to publish these images elsewhere, so I thought I would include them here on the website.

Portrait of Francisca, spirit guide to Berta Chacón. El Cerro, Havana..

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All of the espiritistas with whom I spoke actively worked with these art objects. None of these were static works of art. Whether through physical touch, changing objects nearby in the altar, the placement of the work, or even the clothes or dress added to the sculpture, the religious artist regularly rearranged the object to reflect changing requests for the spirits represented.