Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary, Los Angeles-based visual artist, writer, and performer who is interested having a conversation about the complexities of history and power. Her work is woven from historical and contemporary narratives that raise questions concerning our collective encounters with the black female body and its relationship to the exotic. It explores personal narratives from the artist intermingled with known and unknown historical figures in relationship to notions and constructions of the black female body as a prototype for both exotic beauty and repulsion. Her series The Uninvited reconstructs narratives of late 19th century and early 20th century West African ethnographic photography taken mainly by French colonialists. Through the embellishment of these photos, Hinkle uses the metaphor of disease to represent colonialism and the poetic interpretation of a virus entering the body. Hinkle interrogates the power dynamics between the gaze, the subject, and the viewer.

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s work will be in Jenkins Johnson Gallery’s (SF) upcoming show DIALOGUES IN DRAWING (March 16- May 13)

The Reception for the Artists, Thursday March 16, 5:30 – 7:30

To view more of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s work click here

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