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Nka (2014) 2014 (35): 84–91.
Published: 01 November 2014
...: the Odyssey of the Moor , artist Graeme Mortimer Evelyn worked to restore the Moor’s lost individuality. Using simple yet effective means—including a nine-foot steel birdcage and a hand-carved narrative tile sequence—he challenged the viewer to imagine this man’s history and contemplate his subjective...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (40): 68–81.
Published: 01 June 2017
... from the ragged, yet beautiful, threads of daily life as influenced by the long-term effect of history and its implications on what plays out in the present. These narratives are punctuated by an abundance of words, text, and literary references that are written, spoken, sung, recited, projected...
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Nka (2017) 2017 (41): 6–13.
Published: 01 November 2017
... the promise of a black nation for Americo-Liberians. Even as Washington created an idealized image of Liberian leaders, he also remained critical of them, knowing that his daguerreotype portraits established a mark not yet realized by the new nation. Copyright © 2017 by Nka Publications 2017 Augustus...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 234–249.
Published: 01 November 2018
... of fractured yet imaginative Creole communiqués have a counterpart in the paintings, sculptures, and collages of the Haitian-born, Paris-based artist Hervé Télémaque (b. 1937). After studying in the mid-1950s at the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Télémaque moved to New York City, where he attended...
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Nka (2018) 2018 (42-43): 96–109.
Published: 01 November 2018
... in 1989 and the proliferation of art biennales in the incoming decade. Dak’Art was an important player in this new, global configuration. Yet, the new “art world order” does not fully explain what precipitated Dak’Art. A full picture must include a rigorous engagement with twentieth-century history...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 78–92.
Published: 01 May 2019
... , but also the variety of art forms it encompasses, including performance, the spoken word, drawing, sculpture, film, and radio. It reaches backward and forward in history, exposing and questioning one of the most contentious collections in the museum, yet always with a deep humanity that acknowledges...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (44): 64–76.
Published: 01 May 2019
.... Murillo’s response sheds new light on the rich yet little explored local black Brazilian art production. Copyright © 2019 by Nka Publications 2019 Oscar Murillo black Brazilian art performance art Black performance Brazil ...
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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 (2019) 2019 (44): 120–131.
Published: 01 May 2019
... around the globe in an immersive, visually overwhelming environment. Yet, this overdose creates a space in which psychological transformation and political reorientation can occur. As a work made specifically for display in art museums of the Global North—at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 88–98.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Jareh Das The late British artist Donald Rodney (1961–98) developed a unique vocabulary critiquing wider representations of the black male body that extended beyond his status as a person living with sickle cell disease to the lives of others with a shared racial background. Critical yet full...
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Nka (2019) 2019 (45): 34–47.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Indie A. Choudhury Frank Bowling’s white paintings span a period of some forty years in his practice, resulting in an eponymously titled exhibition The White Paintings (2006). As a body of work, the paintings occupy the longest period within Bowling’s career yet are largely absent from his...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 8–26.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Salah M. Hassan The field of contemporary African and African diaspora art and culture is currently riddled by two paradoxes. First, in Africa and its diaspora, we are witnessing a burgeoning of creative energy and an increasing visibility of artists in the international arts arena. Yet...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (46): 152–166.
Published: 01 May 2020
... have avoided the nexus of erotic pleasure and the visual because of their historical association with nineteenth-century scientific racism. The author argues Bopape’s and Searle’s images exceed a single and stable interpretation. By inserting their (semi-)naked bodies as central images, they invite yet...
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Nka (2020) 2020 (47): 6–21.
Published: 01 November 2020
..., and the movement of crowds. His work compels viewers to look carefully at other people and themselves. How do we interact with others and what happens durinG those exchanGes? His interest in human interaction on the micro and macro scales has not yet received in-depth analysis. When for many abstract...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (31): 158–161.
Published: 01 November 2012
... a combination of cynicism, nostalgia, even sadness. The politics and the politically oriented art of the twentieth century recall utopian hopes that ended in dashed expectations. Yet art that speaks the language of the twentieth-century insurgent Left also recalls the brutality attributed to those struggles...
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Nka (2012) 2012 (30): 44–59.
Published: 01 May 2012
... qualities of both yet also has a life of its own. The most interesting aspect of this project was the photographs of couples by the well-known African American photographer and artist Coreen Simpson. Simpson was invited to photograph the couples and the final products of their collaboration. The process...
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Nka (2013) 2013 (33): 46–55.
Published: 01 November 2013
... photographs, the article argues that this American–African economy works two effects. As a commodity dump, it factors into the ruin of Ugandan textile traditions. Yet as consumers select their wares from the jumbled mass of castoffs, they fashion new styles and invent new meanings. Copyright © 2013 Nka...
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Nka (2014) 2014 (35): 42–53.
Published: 01 November 2014
... first survey in the United States, the most comprehensive and innovative show yet for this internationally renowned, multidisciplinary artist. Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey presented more than fifty works from the mid-1990s to the present, including collage, drawing, sculpture, installation...
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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 (26): 60–69.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., this picture is grounded in the particularities of the displacement and destruction generated first by the Algerian War of Independence and then by the Algerian Civil War. Yet the degree to which Attia is expanding his focus beyond the specifics of this experience marks his investment in probing the claims...