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Faith Ringgold

Born, 1930 in Harlem, New York

From the publication, In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora, by Gill Saunders and Zoe Whitley, V&A Publishing, 2013: “Faith Ringgold, artist and social activist, came to prominence for innovating ‘story quilts’ as her primary means of artistic expression. Combining the African-American craft tradition of quiltiung and the oral history of storytelling, she creates large-scale painted canvases as a means of re-asserting a black presence into both American history and the history of art. Trained as a painter in the 1960s, Ringgold was influenced by the contemporary social criticism of writers Amiri Baraka (formerly Everett Le Roi Jones) and James Baldwin, detailing the black experience in America.”

Faith Riggold’s ‘The Flag is Bleeding’, 1967 was reproduced in Keith Piper’s ‘Relocating the Remains’ catalogue, the main text of which was written by Kobena Mercer. The chapter in which Ringgold’s work appears is ‘Art’s Histories and Culture’s Geographies: 1979 - 1985’.

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Walsall, United Kingdom

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New York, New York, USA, United States of America

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London, United Kingdom