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Nka (2022) 2022 (50): 76–89.
Published: 01 May 2022
...Lindsay J. Twa lindsay.twa@augie.edu Copyright © 2022 by Nka Publications 2022 The Great Congress of the Black Spirit Artist Reflections on FESTAC 77 Lindsay J. Twa I n a 2017 interview, artist Gerald Williams reflected, Nobody knows today, but FESTAC . . . it had something to do...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 88–98.
Published: 01 November 2019
... at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham. These artists reflected on their place within society, and as artist/scholar Chambers ob- serves, amongst some black people, their black skins bequeathed them a wretched birth right of dis- crimination, marginalisation, depression and what one sociologist termed endless...
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Nka (2024) 2024 (54): 128–131.
Published: 01 May 2024
...Rebecca Schiffman rschiffman12@gmail.com © 2024 by Nka Publications 2024 Barkley L. Hendricks Frick Museum portraits Black American artist Black portraiture artistic reflections REVIEW BARKLEY L. HENDRICKS Portraits at the Frick FRICK MADISON SEPTEMBER 21, 2023 JANUARY 7...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 8–17.
Published: 01 November 2019
... shows of black British artists’ work. With so much having happened to limited numbers of black British artists, this introduction suggests that burgeoning scholarship on these and other artists is timely, and that the articles assembled for this issue of Nka are a reflection of this increased attention...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (34): 98–108.
Published: 01 May 2014
... that reflect this understanding. Over one hundred pieces from five decades fill seven rooms. After training in Khartoum and London, El-Salahi returned home and developed a visionary, syncretic style that reflected his personal interrogation of Sudanese visual identity. The show—a retrospective of an artist who...
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Nka (2024) 2024 (54): 34–49.
Published: 01 May 2024
..., this article highlights the artistic contributions of figures such as Ayrson Heráclito, Alex da Silva, Kiluanji Kia Henda, and Filipe Branquinho. The works of these artists are analyzed as reflections of decolonial practices, intertwined with discourses of resistance against the exploitation of natural...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 84–107.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Salah M. Hassan Over the span of more than fifty years, the Sudanese American and Chicago-based artist Amir Nour has created sculptures that reflect his remarkable ability to integrate methods, techniques, forms, and ideas that draw from his diverse experiences as a diasporic person. Nour was born...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (47): 114–125.
Published: 01 November 2020
... of the History paintings (late 1980s) might have been the artist’s way of both dealing with and reflecting on the psychology of apartheid as the institution lurched to its inevitable end in 1990. In the early 2000s, before settling on ink and wood glue, Siopis spent a few years producing oil and ink paintings...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 38–47.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Nadine Siegert Angola, a blank spot on the map of the international art world due to its long-lasting civil war, has carved out an outstanding position for itself as a metropolis of the future; it is sometimes referred to as the Dubai of Africa. The reflection of memory and violence in Angolan...
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Nka (2022) 2022 (51): 86–97.
Published: 01 November 2022
... of these developments and reckon with the implications and meanings of these changes in conditions for those suffering their consequences. Often central to and reflected in the artist’s work is a critique of narratives of progress. This article examines the ways The Notion of Family series bears witness to Black life...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 18–29.
Published: 01 May 2013
... zeitgeist in the Egyptian artistic milieu and mirroring the individual and genuine artistic response of al-Gazzar to the utopian, almost mythical status given to surrealism in Egypt in the first half of the last century. This work of art is dealt with here as a reflection of the changing social...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (30): 84–89.
Published: 01 May 2012
... in the diaspora, the connec- whose works reflect salient elements and prin- tion with a diverse group of contemporary African ciples of this aesthetic have developed their own artists is undeniable and reciprocal. In the case of individual and particular approaches to “trans-­ AfriCOBRA, direct contact...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 92–99.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., and photographic work, this exhibition offered viewers a rare opportunity to explore the scope of Alexander’s artistic universe. Against the backdrop of apartheid and its aftermath, Alexander’s artistic practice draws on her sensitivity to sociopolitical issues to examine the hybridity and mutability of human...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (34): 24–33.
Published: 01 May 2014
... to reflect on how, in parallel to the social, political, of history.3 Enthusiasm is a reflection on the Kant­ and artistic manifestos that the Reader brilliantly ian concept of the sublime that here, rather than an documents, there were — and still are — cultural ini- aesthetic feeling...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 28–43.
Published: 01 June 2017
... and music, and her research critically explores the sociopolitical encoding of sound historically and in the present, reflecting upon the power of dissonance to carve out a space for new and affirmative thinking. Raising questions around alienation and emancipation, she excavates aspects of the forgotten...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 62–69.
Published: 01 November 2010
... the purity of painting semantics. In this interview Washington reflects on the discipline of painting, the challenges he faces as he refines his skills, and his aims as he positions himself to claim a place in the present discourse. The interview covers such topics as his heroes and what they represent, what...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 100–107.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Catherine Bernard This essay analyzes the work of a contemporary black artist who reinvents the human body, searching for its limits in works that transform and recycle materials and concepts while challenging viewers’ perceptions. As a link between conceptual art, arte povera , and postmodern...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 128–139.
Published: 01 November 2011
... elusive and reflective qualities implicating the viewer as much as the artist’s own intentionality. Copyright © 2011 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2011 Talking in Tongues Journal of Contemporary African Art • 29 • Fall 2011 128 • Nka...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (34): 40–47.
Published: 01 May 2014
... and metaphor, and philosophical accounts of intentionality, social interaction, pedagogical listening, and ethics. It also describes the AACM as exemplifying a broader move by artist collectives from competition-based models of art making to more collaborative notions pursued in many segments of the African...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (35): 100–113.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., history, and personal experience, seamlessly brought together in multimedia works that reveal how electronic media shapes identity and perception. Eshetu’s work stems from the combined sensibilities of filmmaker, photographer, documentarian, and sound artist. His thoughts and reflections about art...