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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 70–79.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Régis Durand In this interview Régis Durand asks the French Algerian artist Kader Attia about his 2008 exhibition at the Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo (Navarra) and his ideas for the four different pieces exhibited. Durand is particularly interested in the genesis of these different works...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 54–61.
Published: 01 November 2010
... to “African cinema” associates it with exoticism, making it into a genre easily recognized by Western audiences. It is this idea of a backward, monolithic Africa that the curators of African Screens, Manthia Diawara and Lydie Diakhaté, intended to challenge. The provocative gesture can be found in the choice...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 88–93.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Beth Hinderliter In this interview Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi talks about curating the eleventh edition of the Dak’Art Biennale. The exhibition’s theme—“Producing the Common”—is discussed with regard to artworks that challenge the modernist utopias of the past and frame new ideas of a “global...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 54–61.
Published: 01 November 2015
... and articulation of black masculinity. For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, the black dandy’s look is highly tailored. He is a rebel—a modern-day representation of the African trickster. His style and identity generally contradict the stereotypes, boxes, categories, and ideas that a society has about him...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 6–7.
Published: 01 November 2016
... is displayed and viewed changes with each generation, constantly allowing young diasporic innovators from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean to add their own ideas about reinvention and self-representation. Paris, an internationally key and highly influential Western space in all things concerning...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 136–153.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Moroccan independence in 1956, these artistic practices were interwoven with a deep commitment to postcolonial national culture and a clear anticolonial stance. These same ideas can be read in the exhibition history of this group of artists. Together, the exhibitions suggest an alternative cartography...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 132–142.
Published: 01 May 2019
... I and the present and investigates the power relations between Western and non-Western worlds. Beloufa’s Kempinski overturns the idea of a globalized, materialistic future for everybody by filming dystopic yet realistic narratives. In this essay, the author examines how these three works are linked...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 116–125.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Prita Meier This article explores how an oceanic perspective challenges still pervasive ideas about the constitutive link between place and culture in the study of the arts of Africa. Taking the rich and diverse photographs of nineteenth-century coastal eastern Africa as a springboard, the author...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 56–69.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., and mobility of ideas and material cultures within and beyond ethnic, national, continental, and racial boundaries. Examined within this framework, the art of Boghossian, Ampofo-Anti, and Ekpuk tells us that Africa remains for its artists a site of powerful imaginaries, a historical place to which...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 138–141.
Published: 01 May 2013
... in that community used the materials and ideas of the then-emergent post – abstract expressionist sensibility to shape a vital part of the Black Arts movement. In this review Geoffrey Jacques suggests how Now Dig This! can serve not only as a window into the particularities of the African American arts community...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 196–201.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the narratives and bend an association of ideas so that a black individual in a period setting is no longer synonymous with slave subservience and, by extension, does not instill fear or mistrust. She becomes the center of her own tale and hastens it forward. Creating pieces that simulate Old Masters’ techniques...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 44–59.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... Benga’s appearance in the work of modern visual culture makers of the period constitutes an important parallel and underground dialogue with conventional histories of modern American and African American art, as well as the critical contours of black diasporic cultures more generally. The ideas and themes...
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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 (2017) 2017 (41): 188–191.
Published: 01 November 2017
... with the work as she focuses on spatial dynamics and the ethics and politics of audience participation. The work expands political and ethical questions about woman as “sign” and the tensions that exist within the idea of woman as a collective “we.” The reviewer foregrounds the dense intertextuality...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 234–249.
Published: 01 November 2018
... thinking, the ruptures and disassembling in vernacular speech in the Francophone Caribbean result in an “exemplary phenomenon,” a “counterpoetics,” and a “compact mass, pushing us through a dimension of emptiness where we must with difficulty and pain put it all back together. ” Glissant’s idea...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 20–27.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Manthia Diawara Manthia Diawara became a close friend of Édouard Glissant in the early 1990s. In 2008, Glissant granted Diawara permission to make a film about his ideas. The author came with his camera to the 2008 Politics of the One-World conference in Paris to speak to Glissant about the film...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 52–63.
Published: 01 May 2019
... African art” was taking shape in the global art world. This article explores how, in this context, The Chief ’s satirical content became entangled with the idea of “selling Africa” that is expressed in its title. In this image, Fosso thoroughly satirizes the notion of “selling Africa” through his shrewd...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 34–47.
Published: 01 November 2019
... release that are constant throughout the series. Bowling undercuts attendant ideas of purity and singleness, both in his exploration of whiteness and within the “tradition” of monochrome painting, and exposes its fallacies. Bowling’s white paintings thus mediate the way both modernity and history may...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 28–39.
Published: 01 May 2020
... century. In the twentieth century, universal history became an attempt to include all so-called civilizations within an academic canon. By unearthing the central significance of the Haitian Revolution for Hegel’s idea of freedom, the author argues for an inversion of historical understanding: the alleged...
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Nka (2021) 2021 (48): 54–69.
Published: 01 May 2021
... that revolves around constant transaction and negotiation. In general, a curator’s duties are similar to those of a host in setting up the conditions to welcome a diverse array of artists, ideas, and viewers into a designated space. Keeping in mind how curating, in the words of Erica Lehrer and Cynthia Milton...