Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
Exhibition, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy.
This comprehensive survey includes installations, assemblages, collages, and sculpture produced between 1966 and 2016. Uneasy Dancer is an expression Betye Saar has used to define both herself and her practice. “My work moves in a creative spiral with the concepts of passage, crossroads, death and rebirth, along with the underlying elements of race and gender.” Her process implies a stream of consciousness that explores the ritualised mysticism present in recovering personal stories and iconographies from everyday objects and images. Several key elements are central: an interest in the metaphysical, the representation of feminine memory, and African-American identity, which, take on evocative and unusual forms in her work.