Betye Saar: Workers and Warriors the Return of Aunt Jemima
Betye Saar: Workers & Warriors: The Return of Aunt Jemima, is Saar’s first solo gallery exhibition since 1982. For the past fifteen years, Saar has actively exhibited in the United States and abroad, including the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennal in 1994.
Betye Saar: Workers & Warriors: The Return of Aunt Jemima consists of thirty mixed media assemblages. The basic structure for each work is an antique washboard of weathered wood and metal on which Saar has collaged found objects, images, and text. Aunt Jemima is the central image in all the works, representing the African-American woman as both a worker and a warrior. For Saar, Aunt Jemima is "a mammy, an Auntie, Aunt Sally, Aunt Jemima, Aunt whoever. She is depicted with a glistening black face, a broad nose, thick grinning lips, wearing a head rag and apron. "Aunt Jemima, I see you in your true light, a transplanted African Queen, a survivor, a nurturer, a free spirit, a warrior who transmitted to us the urge to battle indifference and ignorance and gave us the courage to slay the demons of racism."
ITEM NUMBER: 18084