Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, performer, and writer who lives and works in Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts.
The Uninvited Series
The Uninvited Series focuses on re-constructing the narratives related to West African ethnographic photography taken mainly by French colonialists during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The photo documentation and, sometimes exploitive constructions, were mass produced and distributed globally on postcards and carte-de-vistes. By manipulating the scale of the images and creating interventions through drawing and painting on top of the photos, Hinkle interrogates the power dynamics between the gaze of the subject and the viewer. These images exemplify “The Historical Present,” a term coined by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle.