Dec 19, 2019

I Always Return

I Always Return

1993, printed 1994

Belkis Ayón

(Cuban, 1967-1999)


Image: 95 x 68 cm (37 3/8 x 26 3/4 in.); Sheet: 95 x 68 cm (37 3/8 x 26 3/4 in.)

Alma Kroeger Fund 2019.227

Catalogue raisonné: Ayón 93.11


Did you know?

Of Sikán, the subject of this work, Belkis Ayón wrote that “[she] is a transgressor and I see her as such, as I also see myself.”


Belkis Ayón worked almost exclusively in collography, a printmaking technique in which a three-dimensional plate embosses designs into paper, to depict the subject seen here: Abakuá, a secretive fraternal society established by African slaves in 19th-century Cuba. Because the founding myths of the group were not well known and it had no visual tradition, Ayón invented her own. Here, a faceless figure—presumably Sikán, a princess sacrificed following an act of betrayal in Abakuá mythology—floats imposingly above three initiates.


A Graphic Revolution
See also
PR - Collagraph
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Alma Kroeger Fund

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