Having always had an interest in various divination and spiritual tools, it’s not surprising that over the last couple of years I have become quite interested and inspired by the art of tarot decks. I’ve seen a variety of interpretations of the Rider Waite deck, (originally designed in 1909 by artist Pamela Colman Smith), but Ghetto Taro is the most insightful look at the iconic imagery of the tarot that I’ve seen so far.
Ghetto Tarot is a photo series created by award-wining documentary photographer Alice Smeets while collaborating with a group of Haitian artists known as Atiz Rezistans. The pieces use the spiritual and mysterious imagery found on the Rider Waite tarot deck into photographed scenes staged in the ghetto of Haiti. Haitian artists found and helped to stage each image using found or locally created items and scenery. The final piece is hauntingly remarkable.
The project has gone as far as collecting funding in order to print a true tarot deck of cards. Artists will receive 20% of the earnings. For more information visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-ghetto-tarot#/