Negarra A. Kudumu maintains expertise in contemporary visual culture of African continent, South Asia, Latin America, and related diasporas; critical historiography of art; and curatoriality. She produce diverse types of writing including artist profiles, artist interviews, press releases, essays for exhibition catalogues, and scholarly articles.
Romson Regarde Bustillo | more than can be held
More than can be held is an immersive, interdisciplinary exhibition of large scale collagraph prints, video, sound and performance that engages with the nuanced networks of visual cues, codes and colloquialisms–imprinted, embodied, enacted and uttered–that are employed by communities to negotiate, claim, and reclaim space.
cheé-ngak cheé-ngak cheé-ngak
- from I wake, by Romson Regarde Bustillo
Exhibition: more than can be held, Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University, May 31 - August 10, 2019
MWANGI HUTTER: black, red, gold?
The human body – mostly one's own - is often the starting point of the work of Mwangi Hutter. The artist couple has created a collective identity that raises questions about the perception of gender, culture, ethnicity and social distinctions. For the Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mwangi Hutter are developing a three-channel video installation with sculpture that juxtaposes dynamic movement and menacing solidification. The work "Black, Red, Gold?" (2018/2019) refers to the euphoria and to the rhythm of dance. Also, it shows the body as a sensitive shell, whose skin color gives off a projection surface for demarcation and prejudice. Visible and hidden, undefined sexuality and uncanny desire, silence and powerful melodies come together in the installation.
Exhibition: Mwangi Hutter, Kunsthalle Mannheim, March 1 - May 5, 2019
Atlantica: Contemporary Art from Angola and its Diaspora
Atlantica is a compilation of essays and a curated photo book which presents art from after the independence, and presents the work of different artists from Angola, and its Diasporas. Atlantica is a term that both evokes a fictional geographical location from classical mythology that stands for an idea of Exile , but also refers to the atlantic sea fluxes that gave rise to all cross polarizations that characterized the visual practices from these regions. The tension and conflicts that characterized the political, social and economic realities of Lusophone Africa after the independence in the last 40 years, gave expression to a new generation of artists that emerged from an unique expression out of tension and disquiet permeating their past and present realities. Promoting the cultural exchange, which will culminate in the publication of a compilation of three photographic books with theoretical essays, contributing to the internationalization of the represented artists.
Published by HANGAR Editions Lisbon (2018)
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Nicholas Galanin: Let Them Enter Dancing and Showing Their Faces
Let Them Enter Dancing and Showing Their Faces spans the multiple generations and forms of media that inform Nicholas Galanin’s “vessels of knowledge, culture and technology—inherently political, generous, unflinching, and poetic.” He creates and speaks through multiple visual, audible, and tactile languages, a practice succinctly articulated through the introduction by artist Merritt Johnson, and further explored in conversation and critical analysis through scholars Negarra A. Kudumu and Erin Joyce.
Published by Minor Matters Books, Seattle, WA (2018)
Exhibition: Dear Listener, Heard Museum, May 4 - September 3, 2018
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Nep Sidhu: Shadows in the Major Seventh
For Nep Sidhu, art-making is a form of ritual, a means of protection, and a profound affirmation of inner life. This catalogue accompanies Nep Sidhu's 2016 solo exhibition at Surrey Art Gallery, Shadows in the Major Seventh. It includes an introduction to the exhibition by curator Jordan Strom, an essay by critic Negarra A. Kudumu, and an interview with the artist about his Paradise Sportif clothing line by writer Manjot Bains. The publicationalso includes high-resolution photographs of each work in the exhibition, along with a list of works.
Published by Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, British Columbia (2017)
Exhibition: Shadows in The Major Seventh, Surrey Art Gallery, April 9 - June 12, 2016
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Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from the Walther Collection
Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection unites the perspectives of 14 contemporary artists of African descent, who investigate social identity, questions of belonging, and an array of sociopolitical concerns—including migration, lineage, the legacies of colonialism and Calvinism, and local custom—as well as personal experiences in Africa and the African diaspora.
Co-published with The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm and New York (2017)
Exhibition: Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection, The Walther Collection, May 7 - October 29, 2017
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All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party
Co-edited by Michelle Dunn Marsh and Negarra A. Kudumu, All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party is a 96-page, illustrated volume including works by artists Derrick Adams, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Endia Beal, Bruce Bennette, Yadesa Bojia, Howard Cash, Emory Douglas, Ayana V. Jackson, Njena Jarvis, Paul Rucker, Kambui Olujimi, Lewis Watts, Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, and Robert Wade. The book also includes an interview of Hank Thomas conducted by Deborah Willis, PhD, Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and an essay by René de Guzman, Curator at the Oakland Museum of California, who organized the museum's exhibition, All Power: Black Panthers at 50.
Published by Minor Matters Books, Seattle, WA (2016).
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