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" 'pig's ears, 59 lb.' What a thing to eat!"

I tried to find that spiritual access to the everyday world, where I am using one thing to talk about another. There is more going on than what I have showed you in the photograph, whether it be emotional or psychological or both. What fascinated me about that sign was just the fact ‘pig’s ears, 59¢ lb.’ What a thing to eat! It speaks to the history of what black people had to do to survive in slavery. A lot of the weird things that are in black cuisine came from slavery, from not having anything and having to make do with very little.

– Carl Robert Pope Jr.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts