Lorraine O'Grady (b. 1934) Sisters II (L: Nefertiti’s daughter Merytaten, R: Devonia’s daughter Candace), from the "Miscegenated Family Album", 1980/1988 Silver dye bleach photograph (cibachrome) Image (each): 20 × 16 in. The Studio Museum in Harlem; gift of Peg Alston 2010.19.2a-b
In the “Miscegenated Family Album” series, Lorraine O’Grady subtly mourns and reconciles the estranged relationship that preceded the untimely death of her sister, Devonia. Inspired by a trip to Egypt, O’Grady built on the physical resemblances she saw between Devonia and the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. In the series of sixteen diptychs, paired images of the two, or of members of their respective families, are juxtaposed to create a narrative addressing complicated understandings of skin tone and the social realities of interracial marriage.