Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora

Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora, edited by Celeste-Marie Bernier, Hannah Durkin, 2016, Liverpool University Press,

“Fresno 1993: Robert Barrett the curator explained to me that the Fresno Council of 100 had given Betye Saar the distinguished artist award for 1993 – In the catalog Betys Saar was described as radiant.  My notebook from the time said that I thought the word was appropriate both in relation to the artist herself and to the work on display.  During my two-hour visit to this light, airy gem of a gallery, I walked through an entrance adorned with on of her Haitian veve flags, which Robert Farris Thompson describes as ‘profoundly; liminal, standing at the boundary between two worlds.  Entering, I was immediately plunged into near-darkness; the sound of the wind circulated above a secret magical space as if high in the hills of some lost empire.  From room to room, as I wandered through the theatrical twilight and shifting space, her piece shone like stars and mini moons.”

Visualising Slavery: Art Across the African Diaspora, edited by Celeste-Marie Bernier, Hannah Durkin, 2016, Liverpool University Press, pg. 22

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