This striking collage, in which images of Nefertiti and ’s
niece face each other, comes from her celebrated Miscegenated Family Album,
one of the artist and critic’s most political and
personal works. The piece originated as part of O’Grady’s influential 1980 performance, Nefertiti/Devonia Evangeline
, in which she compared her fraught relationship with her deceased sister, Devonia, to Nefertiti’s similarly trying relationship with her own sister, Mutnodjmet. O’Grady, who will celebrate her 82nd birthday later this month, was a U.S. government intelligence analyst and a rock music critic before focusing in on art in 1980. Today, she’s best known for her potent, graceful photographs, collages, and performances which explore black identity and diaspora.