Black Portraiture[s] III: Reinventions – Jo’burg Conference, 17-19 November 2016

"BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures" is the seventh conference in a series of transnational and diasporic conversations about imaging the black body. It offers a forum that gives artists, activists, educators and scholars from around the world an opportunity to share ideas, from historical topics to current research on the 40th anniversary of... 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 →

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s (V and A Museum, London)

Room 38a at the V&A Museum currently features a series of photographic reflections on black British lived experiences over a period of five decades, captured by selected African and Caribbean diaspora artists and photo journalists who came to prominence between the early '50s and the 1990s. The photographs are a sample of relatively recent acquisitions for the V&A's growing collection... Continue Reading →

Debates about the “The War on Black Bodies,” situated in contrasting cultural spaces in New York and London

“How can we transform the ways in which identity is conceived so that identities do not emerge and function only through the oppression and subordination of other social identities?” – Elizabeth Grosz (2011). Source: Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art (Grosz, 2011: 89) “The War on Black Bodies” (Part 1) – the... Continue Reading →

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