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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 222–232.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Dagmawi Woubshet In his long, illustrious career, James Baldwin never wrote a full book on Africa. The figure of Africa, nonetheless, was a recurring one in his corpus—a figure that would change significantly over the course of his writing. While Baldwin’s early representations of Africa follow...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 152–155.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of one body over another. Everything Matters presents a selection of Poynton’s single- and multiple-figure paintings to address the depicted postures, expressions, and possible iconographic and historical elements in each painting, along with similar details supplied by artist and viewer, all of which...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 28–39.
Published: 01 May 2015
... devastated Detroit and Newark, NJ, she painted Die expressly for the show. The wall-size canvas depicts an interracial cast of clean-cut antagonists trying to kill one another. Although the painting represented the kind of large-scale, politically motivated figuration that had been out of favor since...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 112–115.
Published: 01 May 2015
... been black-and-white, he pushes the relationship between the figures and the symbols further. He also uses two figures rather than one, generating a sense of energy and depth. But some recent paintings included in this exhibition show a dramatic shift into color, an emphasis on tone rather than line...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 62–73.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Anjalie Dalal-Clayton The British artist Sonia Boyce was a central figure in the British Black Arts Movement and has in recent years achieved widespread critical acclaim within the field of British art. Although she is now known for her performative and collaborative approach to art making, she...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 84–107.
Published: 01 November 2017
... tradition of figurative sculpture; and the work of many non-Western artists and art students he met in the United Kingdom. Nour’s artistic development portrays an artist deeply engaged with the shifting social, political, and cultural ground beneath his feet. The result has been a remarkable body...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 102–109.
Published: 01 November 2016
... about the actual historical figure of Nanny, though the continued presence of the Maroon communities keeps her memories and legend alive to the Jamaican population. I argue that Cox uses her own body to give Nanny a visual presence, presenting her as a military strategist, warrior, and sexual female...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (31): 36–45.
Published: 01 November 2012
... that the artist’s work leverages the expressionist possibilities of identity, figuration, and history on the abstract legacies of linguistic conceptualism. A continuous examination of representation grounded in the implacably figural substrate of race, gender, sexuality, and history, Ligon’s art highlights...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 140–149.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., climactic in poignant, politically charged lithographs in a realist drawing style set in increasingly abstract environments. By then associated with the Black Arts Movement, he continued to recycle historical figures and references from his earliest work in the milieu of a Black Renaissance in Chicago...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (47): 114–125.
Published: 01 November 2020
... significant for an artist who, in the 1980s at the height of the antiapartheid movement, made ardently realistic figurative oil and mixed-media paintings that signified the psychic detritus of apartheid’s pathologies. The weighty sparseness of Siopis’s Cake paintings (1981–81) and the airless excess...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (47): 82–93.
Published: 01 November 2020
.... The article suggests that photography and Congolese popular painting are enmeshed in the creation of a visual archive around the figure of Lumumba. Furthermore, it examines the indebtedness of popular painting to photographic culture as well as other sources in the “colonial contact zone.” © 2020 by Nka...
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Nka (2022) 2022 (51): 112–127.
Published: 01 November 2022
... places Sinclair’s work into several machete-related contexts and considerations. While a machete is not an expansive surface on which to execute a figurative painting, Sinclair achieves a copious amount of expression in these works, creating images that range from cartographic depictions of Hispaniola...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 149–151.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Michael Westfall This essay reviews Yinka Shonibare MBE’s exhibition Addio del passato , exploring themes of decay, dissipation, and death as expressed through the historical figure of Lord Nelson. Shonibare’s exhibition casts Nelson as a hapless metonym for the colonial urge, suggesting that both...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 152–153.
Published: 01 May 2013
... as a collection of case studies of writers and filmmakers, and while each chapter focuses on a specific cultural producer, Adesokan builds connections between his figures of analysis across time and space. Adesokan offers a successful, rigorous example of a project that demonstrates the political urgency...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 40–47.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of a double-headed axe of Shango, the Yoruba god of fire, lightning, and thunder. The axe, wielded by the composition’s central figure, shatters the pictorial plane of the canvas, which Donaldson variously labeled G lass , S heet , and M ade in USA. I argue that, through his appropriation of African art...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 24–37.
Published: 01 May 2019
... dedicated to preserving and witnessing political and social injustice as well as critiquing apartheid-era censorship and systematic erasure of evidence. Msezane’s embodied rebuttal to colonial and patriarchal figurations of power proffers an alternative vision of the event in which new subjectivities appear...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 52–63.
Published: 01 May 2019
... manipulation of multiple figural stereotypes. However, key moments in the afterlife of this image suggest that this work was mobilized to perform exactly that function of “selling Africa,” which it so insistently parodies. Copyright © 2019 by Nka Publications 2019 Samuel Fosso The Chief: He Who Sold...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 144–157.
Published: 01 May 2019
... Tubman, Amiri Baraka, Nina Simone, Sun Ra, James Baldwin, and Barack Obama are a few of the dominant and instrumental figures in African American history, music, poetry, art, and political activism who appear in his work. Their embodiment rests on the edges of the frame, small, but bold, painted lines...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 18–33.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani This article is a study of several works by Guyanese artist Denis Williams and the exhibitions of these works. Williams (1923–98) was a key figure in the history of artists of the then British Empire who made their way to London in the middle of the twentieth century (Williams...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 8–15.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., public appearances, and colleagues and comrades, which sometimes are indistinguishable from the other, but through the portal of a radical jazz figure. As such, Stuart Hall makes himself unfamiliar, if only for the shortest moment, and in so doing he compels us to think of him on other terms, on deeply...