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Liberty in the South Bronx
Liberty in the South Bronx

As Barbara Dozier writes:

Aside from women and racial issues, Cox’s ideas are also concerned in promoting justice and freedom. As she boldly practises, her works constitute of her (and other black people’s) sexualised body, presenting a juxtaposition to the political symbolism implied in her work. She says she does this because she wants others to know her people are capable of having power, referring to the slavery of the black people and to the inferiority in which they are usually put.

This is evident in her Liberty in the South Bronx, an allegory to Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty. Cox, nude and posing with a resemblance to the statue, stretches her right arm to the air, with her other hand resting on her left thigh. She raises broken chains instead of a torch however, depicting a twist in the notion of liberty. This is also with condemnation to independence as it is applied to the impoverished South Bronx community

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