Constellation

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Exhibition Label
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
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment
Restrictions & Rights
© 2004, María Magdalena Campos-Pons
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Graphic Arts
2004
Object number
2013.23A-P
Artist
María Magdalena Campos-Pons, born La Vega, Province of Matanzas, Cuba 1959
Medium
instant color prints
Dimensions
each print: 24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Photography