María Magdalena Campos-Pons

María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Everything Is Separated by Water

Book - 2007
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Yale University
With a diverse oeuvre ranging from painting to mixed-media installations to performance, video, and photography, María Magdalena Campos-Pons is one of the most significant artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba. Her evocative works probe questions of race, class, cultural hybridism, and national identities in African diasporic communities.
María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Everything Is Separated by Water is the first full-scale survey of the artist’s career. The title, borrowed from one of her works, evokes at once the dangerous sea crossings faced by her enslaved ancestors from Africa and her Cuban contemporaries seeking greater freedom in America, and the sense of dislocation felt when physical and geopolitical barriers divide family and friends, past and future. Lisa D. Freiman considers how Campos-Pons’s practice, which is predicated on concepts of separation, memory, and fragmentation, developed and transformed from her artistic training and early production in Cuba in the 1980s through her move to the United States in 1991 and her subsequent recognition as a major figure in the international art world. Okwui Enwezor interprets Campos-Pons’s expressive materials--reassembled fragments of lost traditions and symbols, and memories of personal and collective history, religion, and mythology--within the context of post-colonial theory.
Handsomely designed and produced, this book offers an unprecedented opportunity to assess the significance and import of this challenging artist’s work.


Blackwell North Amer
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Everything Is Separated by Water is the first full-scale survey of the artist's career. The book's title, borrowed from one of her works, evokes the dangerous sea crossings faced by her enslaved ancestors from Africa and her Cuban contemporaries seeking greater freedom in America. The title also evokes a sense of dislocation felt when physical and geopolitical barriers divide family and friends, past and future.
Author Lisa D. Freiman considers how Campos-Pons's practice, which is predicated on concepts of separation, memory, and fragmentation, developed and transformed from her artistic training and early production in Cuba in the 1980s through her move to the United States in 1991 and her subsequent recognition as a major figure in the international art world. Okwui Enwezor interprets Campos-Pons's expressive materials - reassembled fragments of lost traditions and symbols, and memories of personal and collective history, religion, and mythology - within the context of post-colonial theory.

Publisher: [Indianapolis, Ind.] : Indianapolis Museum of Art ; New Haven : In association with Yale University Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780300123456
0300123450
Branch Call Number: 760.092 CAMPO CAMPO
Characteristics: 183 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Feb. 25-June 3, 2007 and at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Sept. 21-Nov. 12, 2007

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