Articles & Essays

Transatlantic Echoes
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Transatlantic Echoes

In this essay from “The Roads of Yemoja,” Laeïla Adjovi examines how a West African deity survived the Middle Passage from Benin and Nigeria to Cuba and became venerated on both sides of the Atlantic.

MINE
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MINE

The first installment of the “Blood From a Stone” series examines artisanal mining, and its artistic representation, through the lens of photojournalism and historic documentation.

The Roads of Yemoja
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The Roads of Yemoja

Africans sold into slavery were forced to disguise their deities as Catholic saints when they arrived in the New World. Laeïla Adjovi, ArtsEverywhere’s first recipient of the Fay Chiang Fellowship in Artistic Journalism, is retracing the journey of the African deity Yemoja across the Middle Passage to Cuba, where the old rituals still exist in syncretic form.

Breathing 2020
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Breathing 2020

In early 2020, visual artist Zhao Rongjie cocooned herself in her home in the mountains of southwest China and raised 1,000 silkworms over two months, creating a series of videos, cocoon artworks, and silk embroidery as she underwent her own process of metamorphosis.

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