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How Africans Want to Be Seen

This seems an especially important and timely exhibition given the increasingly contentious presence of Chinese business in Africa.
A new exhibit at Li-Space in Beijing’s Caochangdi district aims to refashion the traditional visual impression of Africa – that of famine, war and poverty – through images that show a continent of culture, hope, imagination and dreams.
“Africa: See [...]

“Global Art Histories/ Multiple Modernities” @ CAA

I didn’t attend this year’s College Art Association conference (but next year I will because it’s in L.A. again) but I wanted to share this link to a review by William Gassaway of Leslie King-Hammond and Sarah Lewis’ panel. Congrats, ladies!
The Centennial Session on “Global Art Histories/ Multiple Modernities” (Thursday, Feb. 10, 9:30am-Noon) is undoubtedly [...]

Review of “In My Father’s House,” Pittsburgh

(This looks like a really interesting show—I want that banquette, Cheryl!—but, really, where are the copy editors??? “Cary May Weems?” These kinds of things are just so lazy and easily remedied. Also, I can’t recall ever reading an exhibitions manager quoted as calling an exhibition in her venue “neat.” I guess I can’t ever shrug [...]

Review of “In My Father’s House”

August Wilson Center exhibit looks at the keeping of memories

Nathaniel Donnett exhibition review

Exhibit highlights racial baggage behind “paper bag tests”
By DOUGLAS BRITT Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Sept. 3, 2009, 6:30PM

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Lawndale Art Center
The paper sacks in Paper or Plastic? are a metaphor for the “baggage … we personally carry.”
The title [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
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      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]


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