textured sheet of paper in mostly indigo and white; vintage maps in CL and URC; tufts of dark hair in LRC and ULC in indigo gradated pigments; vintage-style printed imagery of staggered crates among a landscape in LLC and in C; mounted on a wood frame with a screen behind the sheet

Production 2, 2020

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Adebunmi Gbadebo frequently emphasizes non-traditional materials in her work, such as found historical images or Black human hair, as a methodological alternative to what the artist calls the “Whiteness” of art history. Part narrative, part metaphor, this mixed media collage weaves historical printed images of enslaved workers manufacturing indigo dye in the American South with abstract portions composed of Black hair, paper, and indigo dye. The collage reflects Gbdebo’s longstanding interest in presenting historical aspects of the enslavement and subjugation of Africans in the American South during the 18th and 19th centuries, in this instance, the indigo dye trade in South Carolina, where the artist has traced her roots. By revealing overlooked or forgotten histories, Gbadebo challenges accepted interpretations of the past as a means to confront the future.

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Title
Production 2
Artist Life
American, born 1992
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2021.111
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textured sheet of paper in mostly indigo and white; vintage maps in CL and URC; tufts of dark hair in LRC and ULC in indigo gradated pigments; vintage-style printed imagery of staggered crates among a landscape in LLC and in C; mounted on a wood frame with a screen behind the sheet
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