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Student Paper Award Presentation: Charlie Maddox '22

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Student Paper Award Presentation: Charlie Maddox '22

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Watch a recording of this talk.

This year's recipient of the Student Paper Award is Charlie Maddox (OC '22), who will give a talk on Belkis Ayón's 1999 print titled Manso (Meek).

This lithograph focuses on Sikán, a character in the mythology of Abakuá—an all male, Afro-Cuban fraternal association dating back to the 19th century. The only female character in Abakuá mythology, Sikán was charged with and killed for divulging cosmic secrets. Representing a convergence of Afro-Cuban history and folklore, this print amplifies and canonizes the story of Sikán, altering the legacy she leaves behind.

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"Manso" No Longer: The Immortalization of Sikán by Charlie Maddox (OC '22) Charlie Maddox (OC '22), the 2022 recipient of the AMAM Student Paper Award, presents a talk on an offset lithograph in the Allen's collection by Belkis Ayón. Ayón frequently depicted in her artwork a female figure known as Sikán, a character in the mythology of Abakuá–an all male, Afro-Cuban fraternal association dating back to the 19th century. Sikán, the only female character in Abakuá mythology, was charged with and killed for divulging cosmic secrets. Representing a convergence of Afro-Cuban history and folklore, this print amplifies and canonizes the story of Sikán, altering the legacy she leaves behind. This event was recorded on May 17, 2022.

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