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1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

2018 Finalist

María Magdalena Campos-Pons

A native of Cuba, María Magdalena Campos-Pons’s artistic practice combines diverse media including photography, performance, painting, sculpture, film, and video. Her work is autobiographical, investigating themes of history, memory, gender, and religion and how they inform identity. Through deeply poetic and haunting imagery, Campos-Pons evokes stories of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, indigo and sugar plantations, Catholic and Santeria religious practices, and revolutionary uprisings. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Professor in the Studio Art Department at Vanderbilt University.