Nina Chanel Abney
(b. 1982, Harvey, Illinios; lives and works in New York, New York)
Untitled, 2020. Relief print. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Prints, New York
The French creators of the Statue of Liberty intended the statue to be a commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. But black critics were vocal about what they saw as the hypocrisy of a monument to liberty in a land that lacked opportunity. With this in mind, I created this piece imagining a renewed statue reflective of an acknowledged past and an equitable future.
Nina Chanel Abney is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.