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Haitian Boat People towed off Miami Beach

Haitian Boat People towed off Miami Beach

Artist: Erick Avery (American, born 1948)
Date: 1990
Medium: linocut
Dimensions:
Image: 18 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. (46.7 x 34.6 cm)
Support: 20 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (51.4 x 40 cm)
Mat: 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
Classification: Graphic
Credit Line: Gift of Marjorie Devon, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.22.1
Description
Eric Avery is an artist and doctor whose artwork deals with medical issues, human rights, and social responses to disease, especially HIV/AIDS. He spent some time working internationally in crisis zones, including Somalia, which have impacted his perspective on human rights issues that has infused his work. Avery has returned on several occasions to the theme of the flight of Haitians from their home country, traveling by boats or makeshift vessels in an attempt to reach the United States for political asylum or economic opportunity. These journeys were very perilous and passengers often died en route. This image invokes Gericault’s 1818-1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa, and at the same time alludes to printmaking’s long association with political activism.
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