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Nka (2010) 2010 (27): 129–131.
Published: 01 November 2010
... and theoretical basis for thinking through these tangled images. Copyright © 2010 Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 2010 Roger Ballen Boarding House Berlin: Phaidon, 2009 Let me begin by describing a picture. It is gray-­toned. A girl in a white dress...
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Nka (2004) 2004 (19): 64–69.
Published: 01 May 2004
... emerges naturally, from the everyday life of the peo• ple. Is this wishful thinking, as unrealistic as the expectations of the European-based funding agencies? Yes, of course, but also no. Yoan Capote, Entertainment, 2002. Concrete, plaster, resin, poliester, metal, light bulbs...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 8–15.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., between Miles Davis’s music and Stuart Hall’s work, what does emerge through The Stuart Hall Projec t is a glimpse into the soulfulness of Stuart Hall’s thinking. Stuart Hall’s work has shown itself to be ceaselessly inventive, always in search of the conceptual answers to the political demands of the day...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 30–42.
Published: 01 November 2017
... similarities in how they represent black culture and finds that these artists convey more than is usually understood about their work—a spatial architecture of performance and a critical return of the gaze that challenges the viewer to think more deeply about the black experience of America. I find useful...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 144–157.
Published: 01 May 2019
... emanate from the icons as cosmic rays or halos. The harmony and unity in Gatson’s work empowers us to think of a brighter future, one that accepts and scrutinizes the past. Vigorous power lines—the meeting of two forces opposed to each other by their very nature, formally and conceptually—guide the viewer...
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Nka (2015) 2015 (37): 6–15.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Anne Anlin Cheng Can we think of racialized skin as dress, as a form of fashion-consciousness? Instead of seeing this question as trivializing the history of denigrating corporeality attached to the raced subject, through a reading of Josephine Baker this paper argues for the importance...
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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 (2017) 2017 (41): 108–124.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Celeste-Marie Bernier “When people think of enslavement often art is the last thing on anyone’s mind,” declares Kimathi Donkor. He refuses to shy away from the stark reality that the “profits of slave trading and slavery resulted in money spent commissioning art works that ended up on walls...
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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): 124–135.
Published: 01 November 2018
... leveled against the festival by outside critics. At stake in these controversies was the question: how best to create a cultural politics that enabled collective thinking about vexing challenges faced by postcolonial societies, including resolving questions of power and authority after inheriting colonial...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 28–43.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Salah M. Hassan In spite of his visionary work and enduring legacy, Karl Marx was a product of his time and of Europe as a rising colonial empire with ambitions of conquest and domination, and the larger framework of his analysis was bound by the evolutionary thinking of that time. Most western...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 132–142.
Published: 01 May 2019
... open a space for theorization and discussion on the concept of ontological distance . French anthropologist Philippe Descola’s ideas on existing differences in ontological conceptualizations of the world share a wide view of the world and its cosmologies akin to the alternative ways of thinking about...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 88–98.
Published: 01 November 2019
... on the notion of illness as metaphor in art and analyzing the metaphorical tropes of illness present in Rodney’s artworks produced during the late 1980s to early 1990s, the author’s intention is to think through the entangled understandings of illness and masculinity to seek new readings of Rodney’s works...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 8–26.
Published: 01 May 2020
... and cultural production. This article focuses on the use of the term Afropolitan , which has made its way into African artistic and literary criticism as a crossover from the fashion and popular culture arenas. In thinking about the usefulness of “Afropolitanism,” the author revisits the notion of c...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 28–39.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Susan Buck-Morss Universal history as traditionally understood emerged out of the semi-secularization of Biblical history that followed Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s attempt to think the whole of religion, philosophy, and history as a cosmological system of modernity. That was the nineteenth...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 40–54.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., almost all wars have been of a territorial nature. Territories tend toward uniformity and universalization. He contrasts this worldview with reflections on oceanic thinking, which perceives bodies of water such as the Mediterranean as mediators between continents as well as between opposing worldviews...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 62–71.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Manuela Ribeiro Sanches Cosmopolitanism has been invoked to stress the potential advantages of thinking beyond the nation with regard to human rights, diasporic or intellectual affinities, as well as other forms of affiliation. However, nationalism does not have to amount to a mere manifestation...
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Nka (2011) 2011 (28): 96–105.
Published: 01 May 2011
... on to things that are specific to the subjectivity of the artist and to locations of practice that cannot be simply erased by the idealism of a global art scene that has no boundaries. This specificity is something that could contribute to the complexity of our thinking about the dimensions of the contemporary...
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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 (2013) 2013 (32): 50–61.
Published: 01 May 2013
... the spectacle generated by the mass entertainment industry. Furthermore, the video prompts us to think in terms of racial difference: Breitz is the sole white presence in a cast of nonwhite actors, and she stands, literally, apart from them. But the metaleptic aspects of Extra ultimately remind us...