A young family in the foreground framed by ginger leaves. Man on the right holds the baby on his lap and has a rifle strapped to his back. The other man has a bird on his shoulder. In between them in the distance are 4 young boys and a duck.

Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Ginger Root Golden Hour (An Ode to Protection) (2022). Acrylic, Watercolor, Paper.

Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross paints portraits of individuals from archival photographs into imagined landscapes. She is not rewriting history, but rather, using a stolen past as the raw material to construct a vision of a liberated existence. Adeyemo-Ross collages painted pieces of paper to envision a complete restructuring of Black/Indigenous relationships to land and labor. Her work depicts the restoration of ancestral agricultural practices and community sovereignty over land, lives, and collective care.