Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons has made the journey from Cuba to America, continuing the displacement begun when her Yoruba ancestors were shipped from Nigeria as slaves. Her work traces the histories of people for whom the past is not as distant as we might like to think. Campos-Pons’s grandfather was transported to Cuba to work on the Vega sugar plantation and her family was still living and working on the plantation when she was growing up. With an oral tradition that kept their connection to Africa very much alive, the artist’s friends and family were a living testament to this history of displacement.