Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
@ 18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Everyone is invited to gather and eat together in our main gallery for fellowship, conversation, and Kentifrican cuisine with our current Artist Lab resident Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. A Kentifrican Potluck lunch allows for conversations about displacement and erasure to continue to develop organically within 18th Street Arts Center’s artist network and our community of neighbors through the breaking of bread. Please bring a dish that comes from your culture - however you might define that.
About the Exhibition
Kentifrica Is: Re-imaging Collective Geographies
Los Angeles- and Oakland-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle brings her ongoing investigation into auto-ethnography, anthropology, museum studies, and remixing history to the Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center from January 17 though April 7, 2017. Hinkle will weave together performance, installation, and collaborative, participatory workshops within a new, site-specific installation. The project connects 18th Street Arts Center and our surrounding Pico Neighborhood with other Los Angeles institutions and community histories to develop a living and breathing archive that thrives off of collaborations with various individuals who come from multiple social, cultural, geographical, and artistic perspectives.
While in residence at 18th Street Art Center, Hinkle will oscillate between re-creating artifacts, conducting performances, producing experimental research, and organizing generative workshops with a variety of LA-based communities, both in the studio and offsite. At the project’s center is an unknown continent and culture called Kentifrica, a meditation upon what can and cannot be mapped when dealing with the ramifications of identity as an elusive anchor. Kentifrica has also evolved into a philosophy for making work through the usage of a Kentifrican proverb, “You got to look where it ain’t,” inspiring others to conduct research and to create from spaces which they initially believed or were told that they could not access due to prior loss and trauma. Using the Kentifrican method of “Looking Where it Ain’t”, Hinkle will develop new forms of storytelling and object-making that affirm cultural presence within Los Angeles communities.
About Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, educator and performer who lives and works in Los Angeles and Oakland, CA. Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA, The Museum of Art at The University of New Hampshire, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco and What If The World Gallery in Capetown, South Africa. Hinkle was the youngest artist to participate in the multi-generational biennial Made in LA 2012. She is also the recipient of several fellowships and grants including: The Cultural Center for Innovation’s Investing in Artists Grant, Social Practice in Art (SPart-LA), Jacob K Javits Fellowship for Graduate Study, The Fulbright Student Fellowship, and The Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artists Award. Her writing has appeared in Not That But This, Obsidian Journal, IPI Press, and the anthology Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Essays on Aesthetics, edited by Fox Frazier-Foley and Diana Arterian. Hinkle is represented by Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, CA.