Details

Title

Island Treasures

Artist/Maker

María Magdalena Campos-Pons (American, born Cuba, 1959)

Date

2005

Medium

Dye diffusion transfer prints

Dimensions

24 x 60 inches

Credit

Purchase with David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisition Fund

Accession #

2009.9 a-c

On View

Currently not on view

Afro-Cuban artist Magdalena Campos-Pons meditates on the histories of enslavement and globalization that have shaped the Caribbean and her own identity. She created this triptych after visiting Gorée, a small island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, known for its role in the Atlantic slave trade. Photographing her outstretched hands holding small items she found on the island alongside gathered bundles of sticks, Campos-Pons memorializes this history and connects the labor of her body to those of her ancestors who were forced from Nigeria to Cuba as enslaved laborers in the sugar industry.

Image Copyright

© Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

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