2004 María Magdalena Campos-Pons Born: La Vega, Province of Matanzas, Cuba 1959 instant color prints each print: 24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2004, María Magdalena Campos-Pons 2013.23A-P Not currently on view
Campos-Pons’s braided and dreadlocked hair, which meanders across the multipaneled composition, takes the shape of a spiral constellation, or a nest, the temporary home of migrating birds. She created this work, which merges elements of photography, painting, and performance, to explore the parallels between her migration from Cuba and the displacement of Africans during slavery. Each photograph can be read as a dreamy landscape or a lyrical trace of diasporic memories.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013