November 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (La Vega, Cuba 1959) is an artist whose work combines and crosses diverse artistic practices, including photography, painting, sculpture, film, video, and performance. Her work addresses issues of history, memory, gender, and religion; it investigates how each one of these themes informs identity formation. Directly informed by the traditions, rituals, and practices of her ancestors, her work is deeply autobiographical. Often using herself and her Afro-Cuban relatives as subjects, she creates historical narratives that illuminate the spirit of people and places, past and present, thereby rendering universal relevance from personal history. Recalling dark narratives of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, her imagery and performances honor the labor of black bodies on indigo and sugar plantations, renew Catholic and Santerían religious practices, and celebrate revolutionary uprisings in the Americas.
Campos-Pons has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other distinguished institutions. She has presented over thirty solo performances commissioned by institutions that include the Guggenheim Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In addition, Campos-Pons has founded or co-founded several non-profit arts organizations including the Intermittent Rivers, a Biennial Project in Matanzas, Cuba; the Engine for Art Democracy and Justice at Vanderbilt with Vanderbilt and Frist University; and When We Gather, a multi-faceted art project celebrating the elemental role women have played in the United States. She is also the recipient of the endowed Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
BAM, MOCA’s Black Art Matters lecture series, highlights Black culture, representation, and history through talks by noted curators, artists, and historians.
Photo Credit: “Secrets of the Magnolia Tree”, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco
Bio Credit: Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco