Title : “Anti-Aportion”
Series : The Uncolored Series
Year : 2011
Medium : limited edition reproduction on canvas
Dimensions : 30 x 40 in ( 76.2 x 101.6 cm.)
Availability : sold out
For many enslaved African Americans, one of the cruelest hardships they endured was
sexual abuse by the slaveholders, overseers, and other white men and women whose
power to dominate them was complete. Enslaved women were forced to submit to their masters’ sexual advances,perhaps bearing children who would engender the rage of a master’s wife, and from whom they might be separated forever as a result.Resistance brought severe punishment, often death.
Consequences of resistance often came in the form of physical beatings; thus, an enormous number of slaves became concubines for these men. Most often the masters were already bound in matrimony, which caused tension and hatred between the slave and the mistress of the house. Many “mulatto” or racially mixed children also resulted from these relations. Because the “status of the child” followed that of his or her mother, the child of a white man would not be freed based upon patriarchal genealogy. These children also became a sore reminder for the mistress of her husbands infidelity.
This limited edition giclée is sold out and is no longer available in any other printed publication.