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Nka (2014) 2014 (34): 60–65.
Published: 01 May 2014
... tradition and a critique of mainstream performance art history, this article starts in Harlem before taking the reader on a sweeping journey that calls at Chicago and Houston and ends in New Orleans. A cursory introduction to African diasporic public ceremonial culture, the article looks to carnival...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 48–61.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Julie L. McGee To situate this inquiry— visualizing the riot —within South Africa is to take on an overload of imagery, a saturated field, and mechanisms of seeing and framing that risk topical exhaustion, clichéd readings, or indiscriminate generalizations. Critical analysis of the dominant tropes...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 62–75.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Eddie Chambers Photographer Mia Gröndahl takes as her subject the people caught in the struggles and seismic changes taking place in countries and sites of tension, such as Egypt and Palestine. In ways markedly distinct from typical photojournalism, Gröndahl’s images show her to be a particularly...
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Nka (2021) 2021 (48): 14–22.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Natasha Becker This article takes a critical and intimate look at Okwui Enwezor’s work in South Africa during the 1990s and asserts that the international exhibition he curated in Johannesburg in 1997—the Second Johannesburg Biennale, Trade Routes: History and Geography —is an important lens...
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Nka (2010) 2010 (26): 30–37.
Published: 01 May 2010
... age of polar exploration and its link to geographic science and empire, then examine how its analysis was reprised and extended by Julien’s 2004 film. Julien’s film takes the critical scholarship of the book in new directions and in the process makes us think differently about Arctic discourses, race...
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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 (2010) 2010 (27): 82–89.
Published: 01 November 2010
... the fact that if we abstract one of these binaries from the other, we end up with stereotypical stories that do not take us far in understanding our own condition. Yet she also teaches us that the subject’s story never belongs to him or her alone: what we face on the outside turns out to be as important...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 46–55.
Published: 01 November 2013
... of the Lumpenproletariat in our current moment of global capital. It takes up Zoe Leonard’s Analogue series (2007) and focuses on a sequence of photographs within it that represent the transnational traffic in used clothing— a circuit that links Shenzhen to Brooklyn to Kampala. With a close analysis of Leonard’s...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (31): 22–35.
Published: 01 November 2012
..., and it takes those relations as his work’s central problem. Copyright © 2012 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2012 Breaking the Codex Brendan Fernandes’s Recent Work W. Ian Bourland Romare Bearden, Doodle, undated. © Romare Bearden Foundation, licensed by VAGA, New York, New...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 80–91.
Published: 01 November 2013
... men, gods and beasts are torn apart, and where the rules and conventions that ordinarily seek to impose order over our world take a tumble. Alexander’s poetic monsters eat away at the rigid polarity of “self” and “other” in colonial discourse by revisiting the ontological boundary between human...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (29): 32–41.
Published: 01 November 2011
... engagement, and familiar cultural tropes of migration, musical, spirituality, and family. Augmented by a cross-generic engagement with sound and text, this bricolage avoided the formal limits of realist representation while producing a culturally specific aesthetics that artists could take as emblematic...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 62–69.
Published: 01 May 2013
... realism, Outside the Law , taking the form of a gangster film, failed to garner the label of authenticity in its treatment of the Algerian War of Independence. By analyzing the shift from Day of Glory to Outside the Law in the filmic language that characterizes Bouchareb’s style, and the public response...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (32): 146–148.
Published: 01 May 2013
... of the French Empire in which the film takes place: West Africa and Southeast Asia, Benin, and Vietnam; the 1950s and today. Far from a politicohistorical documentary, however, Indochina explores the human possibilities of racial mixing and the psychological traumas of the Afro-Asian children most often torn...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (36): 6–15.
Published: 01 May 2015
...-generated pathology of the Black bomber, forced to take his place alongside existing pernicious notions of the Black mugger and Black rapist. Copyright © 2015 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2015 rioting Brixton Tottenham Black youth media pathology THROUGH THE WIRE Black British...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 44–53.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Helen Jennings In the last decade, a new generation of designers in Africa and the wider diaspora has started to rise through the fashion industry’s ranks. These talents are riding the wider wave of global interest in Africa’s cultural, economic, and technological ascension and are also taking...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 70–79.
Published: 01 November 2015
.... Based on my previous research on black women and the politics of beauty culture in the twentieth century, I examine the ways that online natural-hair communities provide a rich archive for those who wish to take seriously the concerns of black women. Specifically, this essay discusses the ways in which...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 32–39.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Monica L. Miller Taking seriously (and for granted) the playful perversity of blackness, “Black, Queer, Dandy” examines the black dandy archive’s encounter with Oscar Wilde. Looking to his precursor, arch and witty eighteenth-century “dandy in black” Julius Soubise, and his heir, sardonic black...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 196–201.
Published: 01 November 2016
... be recognized by his arrows, Psyche is associated with the butterfly, and so forth. Thus, skin color no longer dictates the story of the protagonist but transcends it. The viewer no longer ponders status; rather, representation and iconography take center stage. By generating an environment for my subjects...
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Nka (2016) 2016 (38-39): 218–219.
Published: 01 November 2016
...-written assertion that Basquiat’s work owes a debt to hip-hop. Instead, Saggese considers the artist’s attention to and affection for improvisational jazz and the ways it impacted his practice. In the final chapter, the author takes up Basquiat’s engagement with Beat poets and the cultures they created...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 44–55.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Ana Balona de Oliveira This essay examines Edson Chagas’s Found not Taken series (2008–), taking into account some of its main contexts of production and reception (from London and Newport to Luanda; from Luanda to Venice and London) while placing it in the broader framework of the artist’s...