“Reading Rajni Perera” in Issue 137 of C Magazine


I had the pleasure of writing the feature article about an artist whose work means the works to me. Look out for “Reading Rajni Perera” by yours truly in the forthcoming issue of C Magazine.

Excerpt, “This issue features a striking artist project by Rajni Perera, with an extended essay on her work by Negarra A. Kudumu. Perera’s paintings, from her Afrika Galaktika series, draw from, as the artist says “the visual languages of Indian miniaturist art, Blaxploitation and the images produced by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope.” Through the figure of Afrika Galaktika, Perera critiques sexualized representations of the ethnic female body predominant in Western cultures, ultimately suggesting new possibilities for a radical future.”

Read the entire editorial by Kari Cwynar, here.

Negarra A. Kudumu

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Press Release: Curatorial Lab Part II "Curation and Education: a spectrum, not a binary"


Negarra A. Kudumu | essayist and curator will present it's second Curatorial Lab project,  Curation and Education: a spectrum, not a binary opening June 5 and running through July 6. As a part of the Lab's commitment to critical engagement, this aural 2D installation will wax analytical about existing definitions and functions of curation and education and the ways in which they can and should ideally work together to offer audiences multidisciplinary points of departure for engaging with artists and their oeuvre.

Understanding curation and education as residing along a spectrum, rather than a binary, offers the viewer a holistic experience, a through-line, where the visual narrative carries such conceptual weight that it resounds as strongly as would a discursive rendering. Conversely, the discursive narrative - in the form of public programs such as lectures, conferences, and panel discussions - through employing multidisciplinarity and intersectionality, can leave audiences with visual and aural imprints that lead them back to the artist, the artworks, and optimally, down the path of new explorations. 

In examining the aforementioned, this aural 2D installation will feature the ruminations of curators, educators and other individuals whose professional practices straddle both areas within the museum, academic, and commercial art world contexts.

Press contact:
Negarra A. Kudumu, Founder
Negarra A. Kudumu | essayist & curator
+1 206 743 1394

"Recent Histories Contemporary African Photography & Video Art", a Walther Collection exhibition and catalog

I am very proud to share with you a forthcoming exhibition titled Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography & Video Art organized by The Walther Collection, which will run from May 7 - October 29, 2017, in Neu-Ulm, Germany. I had the awesome opportunity to contribute an interview with artist Em'kal Eyongakpa to the exhibition catalogue. See below a reproduction of The Walther Collection's press release. Should you find yourself in Germany, do stop by and enjoy the exhibition.

Dawit L. Petros,  Untitled (Prologue),  from "The Stranger's Notebook," 2016 Courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary

Dawit L. Petros, Untitled (Prologue), from "The Stranger's Notebook," 2016
Courtesy the artist and Tiwani Contemporary

Opening Preview: Saturday, May 6 from 6pm-8pm
The Walther Collection
Reichenauerstrasse 21
89233 Neu-Ulm, Germany

Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art unites the perspectives of fourteen contemporary artists of African descent, investigating social identity, questions of belonging, and an array of sociopolitical concerns, including migration, lineage, the legacies of colonialism, as well as varied personal experiences. The exhibition features photography and video art by Edson Chagas, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Andrew Esiebo, Em'kal Eyongakpa, François- Xavier Gbré, Simon Gush, Délio Jasse, Lebohang Kganye, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mame-Diarra Niang, Dawit L. Petros, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Thabiso Sekgala, and Michael Tsegaye. 

Recent Histories will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Steidl/The Walther Collection.