THE ART NEWS PAPER – Before being selected to exhibit alongside the likes of Simone Leigh and Theaster Gates, Gbadebo was primarily focused on paper, realising works based on her research at True Blue Plantation on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Until 2020, Gbadebo—who is of both Nigerian and Black American descent—had never visited the plantation. That changed when the artist’s mother died from Covid-19. That year, Gbadebo travelled to the plantation—surrounded by cotton fields still owned by descendants of the original slave-owning family.
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