Washingtonian Magazine: An Acclaimed West African Artist Gives President Lincoln’s Cottage a Makeover

In a new exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage, West African visual artist Georges Adéagbo gives the Petworth home a new look, adorning rooms with 214 objects from Africa and local thrift store finds. “Create to Free Yourselves: Abraham Lincoln and the History of Freeing Slaves in America,” a collaboration between Lincoln’s Cottage and the National Museum of African Art, is on display until February 15.

Adéagbo describes his style as “visual-verbal laboratories,” organizing texts and objects to communicate his feelings and comment on life and society. His latest work tells the story of Abraham Lincoln, expressing the artist’s perception of the 16th president as an emancipator and pursuer of democracy.

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