"... To imagine, then, was a way to begin the process of transforming reality. All that we cannot imagine will never come into being.”
— bell hooks, “Narratives of Struggle"

That’s the best thing about language: every time you use a word you are summoning so many other things—all the times that word has ever been used. I know this sounds a little psychedelic, but maybe I have an ancestor one hundred years ago who used this word that I choose to write now. What does it mean that everything that we are writing is recycled? Words are full of ghosts. Poetry is full of ghosts. Morgan Parker (via blackcontemporaryart)

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1 week ago

Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. Neil Degrasse Tyson  (via tobia)

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4 weeks ago


The Afrofuturism of Wangechi Mutu

the Guardian

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is a brief (50 pieces) but immersive exploration of the evolution of an artist. Although Mutu is a multimedia artist, she is perhaps best known for her large-scale, wildly colourful collages on Mylar. This thoughtfully presented survey includes presentations in a number of other media: video, site-specific fabric installations and, importantly, selections from the artist’s sketchbooks dating back to 2005, the first time they have been on display. The exhibition rooms themselves are dimly lit with walls cast in soothing earth tones, a common curatorial choice which, in this case, effectively highlights the expansive energy of each piece.

There is no singular question at the core of Mutu’s work. The collages themselves are complex, multi-layered, explosively hued pieces in which many themes are addressed simultaneously. This work is the ultimate existential mash-up. Mutu explores the complexities of this world by asking and answering a thousand questions at once.

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1 month ago



Martina Bacigalupo: Umumalayika

Artist Statement:

I heard about Francine’s story over a year ago, while working in Burundi. In 2005 her brother in law hacked off both her arms with a machete. Assisted in every way possible, this young woman now lives far away from her daughter, Bella, who studies in the south of the country. They see each other whenever possible.

My work traces this relationship where mother and child continuously swap their roles. Bella takes care of Francine as if she was the mother, and then again the child, and then again the mother. The roles reverse and overlap.

We heal and are healed, we protect and are protected, we nourish and are nourished.

I tell the story of a woman and a relationship, which her story, and ours.

Umumalayika took form also through to the eye of Magule Wango, artist from Mozambique who met Francine and enriched the work with collages, drawings and paintings.

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Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Stephen R.Covey (via ifysoul)

1 month ago


Music: The “Doom Soul” Generation.  

First things first. The ‘doom soul’ descriptor is not one that I can take credit for in any. I first came across these words after reading about Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks. She used it to describe her sound and ever since then, upon discovering new artists and listening to musicians already in my collection, it’s become a recurring way to describe much of the music I’ve been hearing - and loving - from African/African-descended/Black artists both in Africa and the diaspora.

Through these observations, I’ve spent some time compiling the stand out artists in this new generation that fall under the somewhat wide umbrella of the borrowed ‘doom soul’ term. Not one of the artists you’ll hear on my accompanying music mix/playlist sound like each other. And yet, there are several recurring features that tie them all together.

Whether Kelela or Kwabs, BLK JKS or Benjamin Clementine, all these artists have soulful sensibilities attached to their vocal abilities, lyrical content, and melodic inclinations. Each containing their own mixture of elements of soul, r&b, indie, folk, blues, eclectic electronic sounds, the result is usually an emotionally charged hybrid of music with a slightly gloomy aura. Haunting, wholesome and incredibly powerful.

Listen to my Afro-Doom Soul playlist featuring Cold Specks, Mirel Wagner, Benjamin Clementine, Kwabs, Kelela and more.

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