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Native Fruits, 1992

This piece juxtaposes the patronizing colonialist and racist attitudes surrounding Columbus and the discovery” of LaCruz (Cuba) which was manifest in both image and text from the period of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, with a panorama of contemporary figures from the streets of Havana in 1984. I digitally assembled this group from several different transparencies to capture the autonomy, diversity and complexity of the Cuban population as I observed it in the 1980s, in marked contrast to the figures greeting Columbus as represented in the historical engraving.

—Excerpt from Artist Statement

In the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.

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