Artist Titus Kaphar on filling in the blanks of art history’s narrative
31 October 2020 | 2:43 pm
Twisting, gilding and whitewashing the canvas: artist Titus Kaphar explores the omissions and the empty spaces in art history, and fills in the blanks through painting and sculpture. His latest exhibition at Belgian gallery Maruani Mercier is "Evidence of Things Unseen" and it asks an urgent question: just why were there no Black faces in Renaissance religious art?
As Ivorian artist Aristide Kouame combs the beach dragging a trash bag of waterlogged flip-flops, he is aware other beachgoers in the commercial capital Abidjan think he is a desperate trader or a madman.
The emergency evacuation from Kabul's airport in Afghanistan is among the most "difficult" airlifts ever, US President Joe Biden says in a televised address from the White House.
The castle of the counts of Perche stands on a hill overlooking the French town of Nogent-le-Rotrou, in the central Eure-et-Loir department. This thousand-year-old fortress, testament to a wealth of local history, is now a museum. Through nearly 400 objects, it takes visitors on a journey through time, from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution. FRANCE 24 takes you on a tour.
In an interview with FRANCE 24 from South Africa, Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine said he was "definitely the elected president of Uganda". Wine, who unsuccessfully ran for the country's top job in January, accused President Yoweri Museveni of "mass murder" and called on the Ugandan people to "liberate themselves" from a "dictatorship". Comparing Museveni to ousted dictators Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir and Muammar Gaddafi, Wine predicted it was "just a matter of time" before the president "ends up in the dustbin of history".
Music, spoken word and theatre are among the many artistic mediums that allow people from different backgrounds to connect. But spaces centering on the experiences of under-represented minorities can often be hard to come by, inspiring a variety of artists and activists hoping to change that. Among them is Irish-Nigerian artist Osaro Azams. She's the founder of the Fried Plantains Collective, which celebrates the voices of the LGBT and African communities in Dublin in a "cozy" and fun way. She joined us for Perspective.
Though relatively short-lived, Germany's colonial presence has had a major impact on present-day Namibia. Here's a timeline of Germany's brutal colonial past in the African country.
With just a knife, brush and pencil, 30-year-old Egyptian sculpture artist Ibrahim Belal is a master of his tools, creating miniature sculptures of the most prominent Pharaonic and Egyptian landmarks at his home in the city of Rashid, in the Beheira Governorate, some 300 kilometres south of Cairo. He dreams of creating one of the first first museum's of miniature sculptures in the Middle East.
Our guest is known for her classical paintings of beautiful Black women from another era. Not servants, or slaves, nor fetishized or exoticised, her opulent portraits are redefining the women of colour in art history. With her latest work, "Queenie, the godmother of Harlem", the French-born, New York-based artist Elizabeth Colomba continues to rediscover and represent Black people erased by history. The book retraces the life of Martinican Mafia boss Stéphanie St. Clair in 1930s Harlem.
Passion, talent, determination, and perseverance are attributes that make successful people. Sefi Atta, Kunle Afolayan, and Ijeoma Grace Agu have combined these four attributes to tell a story that keeps history alive. Get a copy of tomorrow's issue of Guardian Life Magazine, an insert of The Guardian Nigeria as the three talk about preserving culture and history with "Swallow."
A Kosovar artist creates a portrait of the outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel using some 100 kilogrammes of seeds.
The sculpture, named "Pillar of Shame," mourns those who were killed by Chinese troops at Tiananmen Square in 1989. It was installed at the University of Hong Kong in 1997, when the territory was handed back to China.
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