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Sanford Biggers’begins with a well-known diagram of a slave ship, then repeats the image in an overlapping circular pattern to create a lotus flower that represents enlightenment, beauty and non-attachment in Buddhism and Hinduism. Biggers' art work explores how intersections of stories and symbols from different cultural traditions can generate new perspectives.

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Saya Woolfalk’s "ChimaTEK" includes a hybrid human-plant creature that demonstrates the workings of a synthesizing machine. Woolfalk draws on museological, ethnographic, and ritualistic vocabularies, blending high and low aesthetics to provide a light-hearted look at a possible future.

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Xenobia Bailey’s "Mandala" consists of crocheted, colorful concentric circles, shapes and repeating patterns that draw influences from in African, Native American and Eastern philosophies. Her choice of crochet reflects the 1970s "Funk" aesthetic, and the dignity of labor in African American hand-crafted traditions.

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