Tailoring Freedom: Frederick Douglass's Suit - SOLD

 

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Tailoring Freedom: Frederick Douglass's Suit
Sasha Huber


Swiss-Haitian-Finnish artist Sasha Huber uses art as a restorative force to confront and heal wounds inflicted by the persisting legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and racism. Created in conjunction with her Winter 2022 exhibition, these frottage drawings—made with gold pastels—are portraits without sitters, depicting garments inspired by a suit and dress worn respectively by American abolitionists Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) and Harriet Tubman (1849–1913).

This edition references Tailoring Freedom (2021), a diptych in her exhibition that is an homage to Renty and Delia, a Congolese father and daughter enslaved in a South Carolina plantation who were forcibly disrobed and photographed in 1850 at the behest of Louis Agassiz (1807–1873). In Huber dresses the images of Renty and Delia in shimmering clothes made out of silver staples. For Huber, this reparative work seeks to return their dignity while also honouring the contributions of those who faced enslavement.

Dimensions: 47 x 62 cm
Gold pastel on Hahnemühle paper
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