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Act of Repentance

 

"THE DOOR OF NO RETURN"

When African American artist Barbara Hardaway visited Senegal, she made a collage art that she entitled the "Door of No Return." On the other side of the door is the Atlantic Ocean. The African men, women and children who passed through this door were forced onto slave ships and taken to the Americas. The artist writes: "My door of no return allowed me as an artist and sojourner to appreciate our contributions and struggles here, in a country that, on the one hand, celebrates pluralism but in many ways has excluded people of color in the development of that pluralism...This piece for me is both haunting and soothing because it is devoid of denying...it allows me to forgive and mourn creatively."


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