Photo credit Thomas Leeser

Renowned artist Alison Saar creates sculptures and installations that explore issues of race, gender, and spirituality. In her work, Saar uses the figure as a catalyst for engagement and employs materials from Africa, the African diaspora, and other non-Western cultures where accumulation and fetishization are central. Saar has more recently created installations that call for viewer participation, as in Displacement Recollection Exchange and Archive of Mobile (2012), which references the histories of displacement of the city and the current anti-immigrant laws of Alabama.

50 Proof, 2012; photo credit Chris Warner