Walthamstow, Women and William Morris: Claire Twomey’s “Living Installation” in East London

I was fortunate to visit the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow (east London) this weekend to view a beautiful art installation by British ceramicist Claire Twomey before this temporary exhibition closed to the general public on 18 September 2016. The one-room installation - "Claire Twomey: Time Present and Time Past" (William Morris Gallery, 18 June - 18... Continue Reading →

Installation Art by Otobong Nkanga (on display in Oxford, UK, until November 2016)

The angular and multi-layered, architectural installation "Tsumeb Fragments" (2015) by Nigerian contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga is on display at Modern Art Oxford as part of the exhibition "KALEIDOSCOPE: It's Me to the World" (20 August - 17 November 2016). Like many works from Nkanga's portfolio, Tsumeb Fragments addresses the themes of landscape, memory and the legacies of colonialism... Continue Reading →

Switch House at Tate Modern: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

It was worth braving the crowds to view the new Switch House extension at Tate Modern on Bankside during its launch week (14-19 June 2016) and explore several new floors of contemporary art from Tate's permanent collection, as well as selected pieces on temporary display in the featured Artists' Rooms and themed galleries. For this inaugural summer... Continue Reading →

Thin Black Lines: marking time – on faces, within networks, and in exhibition spaces…

As I stood in front of Jelena Bulajic's large-scale portrait of Alise Lange (2013) mesmerised by the network of fine wrinkles covering her face,  my momentary thoughts merged with memories of another contemporary artwork that came back to mind in sharp focus – the image of Lubaina Himid's topological art map, Thin Black Line(s) (2011). In Bulajic's work, her mixed-media artistic cartography of facial lines... Continue Reading →

Call for Papers: African European Studies Conference (AfroEurope@ns V) – University of Münster, 16-19 September 2015

The fifth African European Studies conference (AfroEurope@ns V: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe) will be held at the University of Münster (Germany) from 16th to 19th September 2015. The event has been organised as an inter-disciplinary conference with papers covering literature, history, music, theatre, art, translation, politics, immigration, youth culture and European policies. Afroeurope@ns V... Continue Reading →

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