Betye Saar was born in 1926 in Los Angeles, United States. She uses found objects to create something akin to a reliquary, which she fills with cultural and historical references closely linked to her multifaceted identity. Saar builds magical shrines filled with energy in the form of a ritual of creation, that put social, cultural and political issues at the heart of her approach. Saar is a politically committed artist, and having lived through the times of the 1965 Watts riots that the African-American community mounted against police crime and of Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, these events had a radical impact on her artistic undertakings.
Her work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.