The Coast, 2018

Archival Digital Print on Canvas, 36" X 22"


Edition of 5

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The phrase “Congo’s coast” was used topologically as an analogy for Ohio within the context of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, a law that flooded the North with slave catchers from the South. This piece mirrors the present with the past, bridging connections between slavery and forced human labor in prison facilities such as Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary, named after the former slave plantation that occupied this territory. Modern day Angola was part of the ancient Kongo Kingdom, and being a Kongo slave was often synonymous with being a “Ngola” slave.