Don't touch my hair
Music Video, 4'25"
Oil on canvas, 200 x 250 cm, 78.7 x 98.4 in
Courtesy the Artist, Corvi-mora, London and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
London-based artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the painter who inspired Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair” video.
There are startling, unambiguous parallels
Olufemi Terry, winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for for African writing takes a closer look at the revival of interest in masquerades and folk traditions celebrated in several coffee table books.
HipHop’s Origins as Organic Decolonization
Damon Sajnani aka ProfessorD.us is a HipHop artist, activist, and academic. His research interests include Africana culture, politics, and philosophy, socio-political theory, race/racism, geopolitics, social justice, and global HipHop studies.
In conversation with Mame-Diarra Niang:
“These landscapes are extremely contemporary.”
C& talks to Dakar-born artist Mame-Diarre Niang, who observes the changing face of Dakar through her photography. She investigates the separation of people and the breaking away of Oukam-neighborhood of Dakar due to the consumerist orientation of society.
Images and Justice.
How Do Black Lives Matter in MoMA’s Collection?
In this essay, Thomas J. Lax examines the links between racial violence and its visual documentation and relevance.
Selection from the Library
Manuel Herz - African Modernism: Architecture of Independence Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia 2015, Park Books, Zurich
Manuel Herz's groundbreaking study on African Modernisms, abundantly illustrated, collects the architecture as mementos of the independence of 5 African nations
Francesco Bonami, Julia Rodriguez Windholm (ed.) - Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist Eye, 2005, DAP/MCA, Chicago
Bonami's and Windholm's interdisciplinary study brings together research from anthropology, sociology and political sciences to shine light on the universal experience of mobility, whilst commenting on tourism and travel.
Clementine Deliss, Taimaz Shahverdi - Trading Style: Weltmode im dialog
2012, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
Trading Style draws on the concept of style as a global phenomena enhanced through global streetstyles and the exchange with international major fashion labels.
Tschabalala Self: Body Agency
Painting the Whole Picture of the Black Female Experience
Tschabalala Self belongs to a new generation of painters depicting a three-dimensional representation of the Black female experience. Our author Sabrina Greig looks into how the Harlem-born artist gives her Black female characters physical and mental agency.
Decolonial Thinking with Rolando Vázquez
The End of the Contemporary?
In March of this year, the sociologist Rolando Vázquez was invited to Berlin to reflect on “decolonizing time” as a way of thinking beyond Western modernity. C& spoke to him about terminologies, alternative approaches to history, and about how he created a decolonial space for thinking at the Festvial MaerzMusik* at Berliner Festspiele.
Selection from the Library
Ragnar Farr - Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire (exh. cat.)
ICA, London, 1996
This interdisciplinary exhibition project is inspired by the Frantz Fanon's writing, especially his most prolific one 'Black Skin, White Masks'
Tim Stüttgen - In a Qu*a*re time and place. Post-Slavery Temporalities, Blaxploitation, and Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism between Intersectionality and Heterogeneity
b_books, Berlin, 2014
In a Qu*a*re rather then in an (unmarked white) queer space, Stüttgen examines the post-slavery paradigm as an epistemological break in the predominantly white gender and queer studies.
Diedrich Diederichsen - Loving the Alien
ID Verlag, Berlin, 1998
Loving the Alien was a project with the Volksbühne Berlin in 1997, which aimed to bring topics of diaspora, science fiction and multiculture on the stage in form of music, theater and presentations.
Phylis Galembo - Maske
Chris boot/Aperture, 2010/2016
After two decades of documenting the religious and cultural traditions in Africa and in the African diaspora, this album features over 100 of Galembs masquerade photographs describing the transformative powers of masks.