Kantara Souffrant

Visiting Asst Professor of Art History
Oberlin College and Conservatory

Kantara Souffrant, Ph.D., is a first generation Haitian-American artist-scholar, curator, and museum educator. She uses her scholarly, performance, and community-based work to encourage dialogue, personal and communal transformation, and social advancements in her communities. Her performance work is informed by her study of Yoruba and KiKongo aesthetics and African cosmologies where performance, art creation, and communal transformation are inseparable. She has presented her scholarly-artistic work at numerous venues including: The Whitney Biennale under the Dance Diaspora Collective; the American Studies Association; The Association for Theatre in Higher Education; and the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Souffrant holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Her written work is featured in the anthology Vodou in the Haitian Experience; the art project Correspondence between NYC & PaP; and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.

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