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Helina Metaferia: We’ve Been Here Before
On view through June 25, 2023
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Providence, Rhode Island

This installation of collaged images by Metaferia, an Ethiopian-American artist based in New York City, considers the body and its relationship to notions of identity and citizenship. Developed in a 2021 workshop with the RISD Museum Education Department and through research at RISD’s and Brown University’s libraries and archives, these images extend Metaferia’s ongoing series honoring the histories of social-change movements by focusing on BIPOC women and femmes (individuals adopting a feminine appearance, manner, or persona). Her work recognizes those who are often overlooked and centers on marginalized bodies.

[Image: Helina Metaferia, Headdress 40, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.]