Short Bio:

Kantara Souffrant is the Assistant Professor of Global/Nonwestern Art History and Visual
Culture at Illinois State University. Souffrant is an artist-scholar who combines movement,
folk stories, interviews, and personal narratives to create what she calls “embodied
storytelling.” Kantara uses her scholarly, performance, and community-based work to
encourage dialogue and individual, and communal transformation. She has presented her
work at numerous venues including the Whitney Biennale under the Dance Diaspora
Collective, the American Studies Association, The Association for Theatre in Higher
Education, Northwestern University, New York University, Oberlin College, The Caribbean
Cultural Center and African Diasporic Institute, Links Hall, the Milwaukee Art Museum, The
Greater Milwaukee Foundation of Milwaukee, and the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince,
Haiti. Her published work appears in the anthology Vodou in the Haitian Experience; the art
project Correspondence between NYC & PaP; Prospect.3: Notes for Now; Women &
Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and The Huffington Post.