Skip to content

She Held the Land, Knowing the Land Belonging to the Living and the Future by Angela Franklin

SKU 196 Category Tag

Have a question? Contact Us

About the work

Acclaimed writer James Baldwin said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read…” It was not reading only that led to the creation of “She Held the Land, Knowing the Land Belonged to the Living and the Future.” It was my experience living and working in the Marshall Islands that allowed me to travel there via Hawaii. Before my travel, I saw a photo of tourists visiting the “Dole Plantation”, considered a wonderful family attraction in Oahu. For me, there can be nothing with the word plantation that makes this a place we want to see and experience. Living and working in the Pacific Region and traveling through Hawaii, I found indigenous people who had confronted similar issues regarding bias against brown and black people, colonization, and the loss of land, language, and culture under Western Imperialism.

This work is from the series titled “And Then You Read…” that is committed to revisiting essential narratives, and stories that have been silenced, spaces overlooked, and cultures marginalized. This work honors the strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom.  Let the world know that despite being disposed of and land seized she left a tremendous legacy to her people.  This work was not created to appropriate the history or culture of other people but to narrate history and experiences where issues of generational trauma, racial bias, colorism, etc. are passed on from nation to nation and generation to generation as matters of the heart and soul. This piece encourages the viewer to see the legacy of the colonial legacy of Dole pineapples, how that impacts the landscape today, and the silent traumatic legacy of capitalism. The work also reminds us that we are so engulfed as people of color in our pain that we often can not see the similar and related suffering of others!

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio Franklin has lived and worked abroad in Dakar, Senegal; UAE, Nigeria, and the Marshall Islands. With a BA in Art from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and her MFA from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, she has exhibited

her works nationally and internationally. Recently she has been commissioned for several large-scale commissions with a focus on social justice including a new large commission work for the YWCA Hamilton, Ohio around the themes of racial healing and racial justice based on the oral histories and testimonies of up to 50 Black women and other women of color who recently gathered to bear witness and tell stories about the ways that community and SOUL (culture) have supported their individual and collective racial healing, restoration and resilience. In November 2024, she is scheduled for a one-woman exhibit at Ourouss Gallery in Dakar Senegal, and a two-person exhibit titled Two Grown Black Women – A Diaspora Journey in January 2025 at the James E Lewis Museum at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. Past Exhibits include the 13th DAK’Art Biennale National Exhibit, Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, The Art Hub-Abu Dhabi, Musee Boribana, Dakar, Senegal, the Renwick Gallery-Smithsonian Institution, and the National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, Ohio to name a few.

Artwork: She Held the Land, Knowing the Land Belonging to the Living and the Future, 2024 by Angela Franklin
38 x 22 inches Textile and Mixed Media

Other works and products

Product Enquiry

Skip to content