Artist Projects

The Liberation of Mammy

Beverly McIver

For The Liberation of Mammy, Beverly McIver traveled to various locations in the southern U.S. to photograph and videotape African American domestic workers. McIver’s mother is a domestic laborer in this region and accompanied the artist when she traveled. McIver then created photographs of herself in blackface emulating her subjects and made a series of paintings from these images. The documentary approach to this project represents a departure from McIver’s usual working method, and is intended to deepen her ongoing portrayals of contemporary African American women.

Project Updates

  • 2003: The Liberation of Mammy paintings are exhibited at Kent Gallery in New York