Faced with early critics of the Black Madonna Tabloid series where I was told I just “look like the nanny”, Maria de Latte [M]atron Saint to Nannies and Wet Nurses was a natural progression. It considers the association of the Black/Brown woman’s body with domestic servitude (especially in a South African context where this work was produced). By comparing the Virgin Mary - the first “surrogate mother” if you will- to the domestic worker, I attempt to shift her position and elevate her from disposable to Divine. 

Installation View
Installation View

Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, RSA 2011

Maria di Latte II (Triptych), 2011
Maria di Latte II (Triptych), 2011

Archival pigment print 60 x 86 cm

Maria di Latte I (Triptych), 2011
Maria di Latte I (Triptych), 2011

Archival pigment print 60 x 86 cm

Installation View
Installation View

Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, RSA 2011

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