Using Hair, Rice, and Indigo, an Artist Reclaims Her Family History

Human history isn’t confined to documents and records, but embedded in the organic materials that we consume, produce, and cast away throughout our lifespans. In Adebunmi Gbadebo’s latest solo show, Remains at Claire Oliver Gallery, the artist presents remarkably sensitive works that incorporate Black hair, Carolina gold rice, indigo dye, and soil collected from her enslaved ancestors’ grave sites on the True Blue indigo and rice plantation in South Carolina.
February 24, 2023