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Material Salsa. 2011
As in many of Sokari Douglas Camp’s artworks, life is represented as a dance. Here, the dance involves a mother and a son, and suddenly the sculpture becomes an allegory of family relationships and personal growth. The son is now a man, and he is taking his road. He’s starting his travel through life by himself. Still, even if the body is far already, his hands are keeping his mother’s.
The parallelism between the African and Western worlds is especially underlined in the man’s clothes. While his mother is dressing in a traditional African dress, her son is wearing a jacket decored with eye-catching logos. In this artwork, not just two worlds are welded, but two generations as well.