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Pair of work boots worn by Cornelio Campos

Object Details

leather, synthetic resin, synthetic fabric, plastic, metal
Left boot: 7 1/2 × 11 7/16 × 4 3/4 in. (19 × 29 × 12 cm)
Right boot: 7 13/16 × 11 7/16 × 4 3/4 in. (19.9 × 29 × 12 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Cornelio Campos
Self-taught artist Cornelio Campos (1971-) wore these boots on the job as a farmworker after emigrating from Mexico to the United States in 1989. The wear of the heel and cracks in the leather testify to physically demanding labor, first in the fields of California and later in North Carolina. Campos notes, “No one told me how hard coming to the United States would be,” yet he shares this common experience with other Latinx immigrants. Campos kept the boots for over two decades before donating them to the Anacostia Community Museum, along with his painting, Realidad Norteña, (2016.0007.0001) and a bus ticket (2017.17.2a-b) that chronicle his journey. All were on display at the Museum’s exhibition, Gateways/Portales, from December 2016 to January 2018.
Accession Number
pair of boots
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