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Hija Negra/Flor Blanca/Black Girl/White Flower (Mango Creek, Belize), from the series "Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa's Legacy in Central America"

1992, printed 1994 Tony Gleaton Born: Detroit, Michigan 1948 Died: Palo Alto, California 2015 gelatin silver print sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.7 x 40.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1994 Tony Gleaton. Reproduction of this image requires the Artist's permission. 1994.11.5 Not currently on view


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Gleaton has traveled constantly throughout Mexico, Central America, and to all but three of the countries in South America, photographing people of African ancestry and crafting an “alternative iconography of beauty, family, love, & goodness.” He says he loves “the other,” which he defines as people who are separate from dominant cultural groups. “My work examines our common elements and the disparities, which in making us different, also bind us together in the human condition.”


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Ethnic - African-American

Figure female - bust

Landscape - Belize

Waterscape - river - Mango Creek

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Tony Gleaton

Born: Detroit, Michigan 1948 Died: Palo Alto, California 2015

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