This is not an easy subject to cover. Writing about popular art is not an easy task overall, it’s hard to get information at first place and it’s hard to convince an editor to publish as well.
Spirits in Sequins is a book that will strike you page after page. The selection of the flags in this books is outstanding, they convey all the strength of the Haitian popular art, deeply rooted in its traditions and beliefs, it’s hard not to be touched by them. It’s hard not to be confronted with the fact that besides all the struggles that surround Haitian people they continue to produce art in its best. There’s a good selection of all the major artists, and even if the themes are recurrent you’ll see how each of the masters have a different interpretation of it.
The writer is so passionate about the subject that sometimes she gets a little bit confusing, but describing the beauty and the symbolism behind every one of the flags is a daunting work, that only makes you respect this book even more.
I strongly recommend this book for everybody interested in folk art, Latin America culture, Western African religions in America (Vodou, Santeria, Candomblé), sociology, etc. It also works pretty well as a coffee book.