Earlier in 2019 I was fortunate to present a paper at an international conference on African-European Studies that took place in Portugal at the ISCTE-IUL Lisbon University Institute. While there, I took the opportunity to visit a number of museums and galleries to review exhibitions and collections featuring works by modern and contemporary visual artists... Continue Reading →

Zak Ové’s Triumph at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (2016)

The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair presented its fourth consecutive edition at Somerset House in London (6-9 October 2016) - organised by the Fair's founding director, Moroccan-born entrepreneur and art enthusiast Touria El Glaoui. Expanding in size and scale by an increase of 40% since its inaugural edition in 2013, this year's 1:54 showcased works by more than 130 artists from... Continue Reading →

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 →

“Senses of Time”: an exhibition co-organized by LACMA and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (2016-17)

"Senses of Time" is a series of films and video-based contemporary artworks by six artists from the global African diasporas. In each case the contributors invite their audiences to consider the various tensions, contradictions and ambiguities that can exist between personal and political time, ritual and technological time, and corporeal and mechanical temporalities. The following six film and... Continue Reading →

“At Home with Vanley Burke”: an immersive installation at the Ikon Gallery

When curators of the recently opened exhibition at the Ikon Gallery invited audiences to feel "At Home with Vanley Burke" (22 July - 27 September 2015) I was  quite cautious about whether a mainstream British art gallery could create a welcoming space that centralised black British social, political and cultural narratives.  However, I immediately overcame my initial skepticism as soon... Continue Reading →

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