Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

My creative process involves using research that pertains to museum studies, cartography, colonialism and lived experiences to dissect, interrupt and reconstruct narratives of power. I am fascinated by the black female body as a site for projections and notions of the exotic. I am interested in how this body is contextualized depending on who is looking at it and how it is contextualized by social factors of the geographies in which it travels. Interrupting historical photo documentations of the black female body as colonial expressions of power fuel my investigations and inspire the usage of my body within my work. I am interested in how the body is policed, charted and constructed historically and presently. I utilize private endurance performance and drawing on top of colonial era photography of West African women and I create figurative abstract drawings that are inspired by historical fiction.

Currently I am working on a project about a contested geography called Kentifrica. The project collapses my interests in social sculpture, museum studies, anthropology, and the problematics of ethnography into one. I created the project as an opportunity to embrace the idea of what I do not know about my ancestral origins instead of being defined by a story of trauma and loss. I began to invite people to give their own interpretations of Kentifrican culture through panel discussions and collaborations to re-create artifacts and food. Through these invitations Kentifrica has morphed into a physical and theoretical place in which a living archive is developing.