MoAD Emerging Artists Presents Angie Keller: The Gladioli of El Carmen

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If there is a metaphor for the Afro-Peruvian diasporic identity, one could look to the Gladiolus flower. Originating in Sub-Saharan Africa, gladioli are favored as a symbol of strength and piercing beauty. Angie Keller parallels the journey and symbolism of this flower with the women living in El Carmen, a small coastal town 130 miles south of Lima, Peru.

These women are the backbone of their families and the essence of a community that presents the Afro-Peruvian identity to the world. Keller aims to increase the visibility and recognition of Afro- Peruvian cultural expression and El Carmen as a product of the African Diaspora. For over five years, Keller immersed herself in this community, determined to capture the flourishing culture of El Carmen. The photographs featured in The Gladioli of El Carmen bring us into the colorfully decorated homes of each woman, centering them with the intent to recognize the power of this community, celebrate these women’s lives, and pass on their legacy.



This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and IMLS.

Museum of the African Diaspora - MoAD
685 Mission Street
CA 94105 San Francisco
United states

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MoAD Emerging Artists Presents Angie Keller: The Gladioli of El Carmen Museum of the African Diaspora - MoAD Main address: Museum of the African Diaspora - MoAD 685 Mission Street CA 94105 San Francisco, United states Museum of the African Diaspora - MoAD 685 Mission Street CA 94105 San Francisco, United states If there is a metaphor for the Afro-Peruvian diasporic identity, one could look to the Gladiolus flower. Originating in Sub-Saharan Africa, gladioli are favored as a symbol of strength and piercing beauty. Angie Keller parallels the journey and symbolism of this flower with the women living in El Carmen, a small coastal town 130 miles south of Lima, Peru.

These women are the backbone of their families and the essence of a community that presents the Afro-Peruvian identity to the world. Keller aims to increase the visibility and recognition of Afro- Peruvian cultural expression and El Carmen as a product of the African Diaspora. For over five years, Keller immersed herself in this community, determined to capture the flourishing culture of El Carmen. The photographs featured in The Gladioli of El Carmen bring us into the colorfully decorated homes of each woman, centering them with the intent to recognize the power of this community, celebrate these women’s lives, and pass on their legacy.



This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and IMLS.
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