States of Democracy


Mia Adams      Hina Barla     Yasmina Chavez      Jake Dockins      Lindsay Garcia     Martin Krafft    Michael Marks

Ashanti McGee      Stacy Arezou Mehrfar        Kelley O’Brien



Mia Adams

Title: Freedom Has Never Tasted so Good, 2019

About the work:

Freedom has Never Tasted so Good is a satirical representation of the dark history of the United States. Vivid red cake is used to represent the ongoing terror that in the end, always gets sugar-coated. Even after the damage is done, subtle remnants of that history still remain present in contemporary society.


Mia B. Adams is a Phoenix-born nationally exhibited artist that currently resides in Arizona. Adams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in Intermedia from Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Inspired by liberation groups such as The Black Panther Party and Black contemporary artists such as Sonya Clark, Adams' work is a response to ongoing social and political issues. Through exploring topics of identity, race, discrimination, and social hierarchies, Adams is actively exploring and challenging the interconnections of art and social justice through her studio practice. Working across various mediums, her work resides as a visual timestamp of the struggles people of color continue to face in contemporary society. The trials of being a Black/Latina woman living in the United States have ultimately inspired her to use art as a way to expose the experiences and voices of those who have been silenced by society.


Duration: 3 minutes 40 seconds