Sepuya’s portrait photography, described by the artist as ‘queer modernism’, disrupts the conventions of traditional studio portraiture, to become a site of homoerotic social relations: a space where the roles of artist and subject are constructed and contested. The book exposes Sepuya’s play with artifice and performance as it outlines the development of his visual practice, cataloguing how he uses his own body, and those of his intimate circle of friends and lovers, in ways which challenge notions of power and authorship. Deeply connected with the written word, he found in texts and literature a way to make sense of this ‘gap of language between desired object and desiring subject’ (p.14), the very gap in which his practice is located.
AiW Guest: Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike. Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature in the Department of English at North Carolina State University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in African literature, postcolonial literary and cultural studies,… Read More ›
Call for papers: ‘(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives’, University of Houston (Deadline: 04 January 2019)
(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent and Beyond Workshop: March 28 – 30, 2019 University of Houston In his book, Re-membering Africa, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o states that “the history of Africa has not simply been one of deprivation, dispossession… Read More ›
Call for Papers: African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, Special Issue (Deadline for Abstracts: 1 November 2018)
The Journal of Economics, Culture and Society invites you to submit abstracts on: Marxism and African Literatures: New Interventions. This special issue of African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society will survey recent developments at the intersection of Marxist… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Oyedepo Olukotun It is interesting to observe that a number of the 2017 summer exhibitions in London, UK, have coalesced around the storyline of Blackness. On the forefront with this storyline is Tate Modern’s Soul of a Nation:… Read More ›
AiW Guest: Tamara Moellenberg The second edition of Trevor R. Getz’s and Liz Clarke’s Abina and the Important Men (OUP, 2016) creates a scholarly ‘forum’ around Abina, a nineteenth-century Ghanaian woman who sought her freedom from slavery through the British… Read More ›