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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 128–139.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Michael D. Harris This essay is a personal meditation on Kara Walker’s work seven years after the author’s critical assessment of her work in the book Colored Pictures . Walker’s work is linked to African American cultural practices like signifyin’ and speaking in tongues and is found to have...
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Nka (2009) 2009 (24): 171–172.
Published: 01 May 2009
... responsible for a large number of one- whose combined endeavors have con• touches to her work, the artist has person exhibitions including, among tributed to the continuing advance• placed at the heart of the edifice a others, those...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (35): 54–63.
Published: 01 November 2014
... to reveal the ways in which racism, the history of slavery, and the legacy of the British Empire are embedded in such practices. For over twenty years, Evans has been exploring recurring motifs that resonate not only with her personal biography as a Lagos-born, London-based artist, but also...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (28): 130–139.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Tingitana , and “Palm Project” in relation to the tight border with Spain and the new focus on development in Tangier. The CdT, an artists’ project cofounded and currently directed by Barrada, is read as a response to questions posed by Barrada’s personal work and particularly within the context...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 62–71.
Published: 01 November 2011
... not always recognize personal, geographic, or gender variations of its shared revolts. In this century the fixed branding of this renovative movement has to be opened to creative streams it never envisioned, some of which it provoked and others it only shared in exciting, revolutionary, postcolonial times...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (28): 146–148.
Published: 01 May 2011
...Susan Vogel This thoughtful one-person exhibition by the art historian Yukiya Kawaguchi, in the ethnographic museum in Osaka, lands at the intersection of art and ethnology, Africa and internationalism. The exhibition is masterfully curated and beautifully installed, but the premise stated...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (28): 152–155.
Published: 01 May 2011
..., highlighting both the artist’s stunning images and photography’s capacity to convey both personal expression and the stark facts of social crisis. Copyright © 2011 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2011...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 116–120.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Erin Farrell The exhibition Revisions offers a unique opportunity to see the development of Lalla Essaydi’s ideas as they pertain both to her personal history and to the greater story of Moroccan women. Through analysis of the various collections on view at the Smithsonian National Museum...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (35): 84–91.
Published: 01 November 2014
... name is not known: a caption on the Royal Collection’s website simply states that “Black servants were frequently found in noble households” and that “this figure has traditionally been identified as a favorite personal servant of William III.” In his elegant and moving installation Call and Responses...
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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...
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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 (2010) 2010 (26): 48–59.
Published: 01 May 2010
... Americans in the military. An endeavor that has not yet reached its conclusion, Lovell’s Kin Series takes us autour du monde . Grounded in the source materials of his immediate and personal ancestry, the American South, the Caribbean, and the Bronx, and drawing on the relational currents of the Black...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 70–79.
Published: 01 May 2013
... the interrelationship between multiple histories (colonial, national, and personal) as they collide with social, political, and economic imperatives. Starting with Édouard Glissant’s concept of relational poetics, this article explores reterritorialization and deterritorialization in Idrissou Mora-Kpai’s Arlit...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 48–61.
Published: 01 May 2015
... in a landscape of complexity and contradiction, where one person’s protest is another’s art, is a delicate affair. The primary subject may be history, the riot, that which “incited” the riot, its visual aesthetic, or all these and more simultaneously. Does focus on the iconography of the riot displace...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 28–37.
Published: 01 November 2015
... was an important extension of one’s personal and collective politics. Using Drum as a primary source, I demonstrate that many within the continent’s fashion industry were invested in telling an African-centered fashion history. They used fashion to make claims of modernity, attempting to depict the realities...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 70–79.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Tiffany M. Gill Perhaps no aspect of black women’s corporality is more contested and debated than their hair. Social-media personalities of the self-described natural-hair community mediate complex and often contentious conversations about black women’s bodies and lives in the twenty-first century...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 122–133.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... Creating multilayered and multireferential bodies of work in which she not only questions problematic representations of “Africa and its peoples” but also rejects the centuries-long stranglehold of “poisonous, disrespectful, and skewed images of black people,” Walker fuses personal autobiography, family...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 186–195.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Lyle Ashton Harris This essay was originally presented as a speech I was invited to give at New York University’s conference Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West in 2013. The essay addresses my personal experiences as well as critical observations of the performance and production...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 68–81.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., overlapped, and intertwined. The result is a complex structure of stories that exists between past and present, combines shared histories with personal stories, and ranges from the highly visual to the completely invisible. Throughout the exhibition past and present are in constant ebb and flow...
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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...