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Photo: Jonathan Thorpe

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Muerte al olvido (Death to Oblivion)
University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, USA.
Curated by Patricia Ortega-Miranda and Taras W Matla

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In 2018 I was invited by the University of Maryland to participate in the Visiting Artist Lecture-Project (VAL-P) residency. During my first visit to the university, the curators of my exhibition project put the collection of the Department of Art History and Archeology at my disposal.

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For this project I took a DNA test to learn about my ancestry and ethnic origins. According to the estimated test results, 40% of my DNA comes from the regions of Cameroon, Congo and the Bantu Peoples of Southern Africa. After receiving this information, we searched the collection to locate all the works from those regions, and I selected one to be reproduced in marble.

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On the day of the opening of the exhibition, the marble sculpture was placed in the center of the gallery, while my body remained in a corner, lying among the remains of the marble block from which it was sculpted.

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Produced as part of the solo show “Timeline”