"By putting the faces of real slaves on hand-crafted, archival, milk bottles, we are seeking to both repurpose the European obsession with pure white porcelain, as well as pay homage to the slave’s life – by attaching these precious images to a precious material we give the slave a dignified voice in a context historically unavailable to them”.
Alexi Morrissey (b. 1971) is an American artist working in sculpture, performance and installation art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally working both as an auteur and a collaborator executing projects with individuals, collectives, institutions, and governments. These concerns have led him to interrogate the commonplace notions of function, public space, history, language, and the pervasive construct of narrative. He has done tele-present performance art with youth prisoners, lectured on the history of planetary robotics, and made sculptures that talk to the dead. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Exhibition overview from Museum website