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by Makeba Kedem-DuBose

This 3-panel mixed media work uses the Christian triptych and the 3-part organization of a European sonata to engage the ongoing aftermath of US chattel slavery and Black American experiences with trauma, transformation, and resilience. Dubose references repetitive movements such as consumption, dance, and protest. Civil rights news clippings, remnants of familiar contemporary commodity packaging, “sugar in the raw,” a Trader Joe’s shopping bag, and images of pregnancy, generations, gender, animal forms, and death invite reflections on the seemingly mundane as well as eventful aspects of social reproduction and transformation.


The artist began working on the piece after the killing of Breonna Taylor, in March 2020.

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