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Dirty South

Dirty South

Caspera, 2019, RaMell Ross (American, born 1982), inkjet print mounted on dibond.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art.
Image: ©️ RaMell Ross


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