Loni Johnson - Homage

The altarpiece Homage is a mixed media installation that references the importance of building community by acknowledging the importance of ancestry and ceremonial traditions. The idea for the altar began in 2018 and the objects and relics used in the altar belong to the artist's vast archive of ritual objects. These items are often included in the artist's performances which are always initiated with the consecration of the site after the building of a site-specific shrine. Wooden frames embellished in gold and decorated with everyday objects such as jewelry, beads, lace and cowrie shells, candles found in local Miami botanicas, and black and white family photographs, become agents of material culture and storytelling. The artist draws from her extensive knowledge of West African Yoruba traditions and Afro-Cuban religions to create visual tableaus that have a deep personal resonance.  From 2018 to 2020, Homage existed as a conceptual space for the artist to develop, build and create a syncretic process of visual storytelling that is informed by her longstanding work in the community.

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Homage no. 3
Homage is an altarpiece that references ancestry, famiily and community. The altar consists of the objects used on a daily basis by Black women.
Created on 2018
Type: Image

Homage no. 2
Homage is an altarpiece that references ancestry, famiily and community. The altar consists of the objects used on a daily basis by Black women.
Created on 2018
Type: Image

Homage no. 1
Homage is an altarpiece that references ancestry, famiily and community. The altar consists of the objects used on a daily basis by Black women.
Created on 2018
Type: Image
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