Nat Akinyi: Everything Passes Except the Past

Nat Akinyi: Everything Passes Except the Past
Library Shelf Location ZINE-A
Publication Date 2019

NOTE: THIS ZINE IS HELD IN BALTIC ARCHIVE NOT THE LIBRARY. Please email or see staff to view this book.

“Nat Akinyi makes digital paintings and animations that address the lack of positive representation of black people, particularly Africans, and people of colour within contemporary popular media, culture and visual art. Her work is a counter to the self-validating white western-centric distorted view of the world presented to us today; a view that maintains blackness as otherness and of lesser value. Akinyi cites Rasheedah Phillips as an influential reference, agreeing with her argument that colonialism and the transtlantic slave trade were time-splintering events for African people. That colonialism in Africa brought with it the rigid European dual-sex system, the nuclear family model, the wage labour system, land tenure, and statehood, the effects of which are still felt today.

Recent works attest to the fact that like how the fine art institution was founded on a devaluing of the art of people of colour, capitalist technological advancement has been attained through the devaluing of the labour, dignity and lives of people of colour. A new publication written and designed by Akinyi produced for this exhibition, ‘Everything Passes Except the Past’, details a trip to the newly re-opened The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and delineates the historical and current politics of environmental racism and climate colonialism with specific focus on mineral mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and post-colonial Zambia.”


Quantity 1
Pages 48, A5
Format Zine
Publisher Lunchtime Gallery
Related Artist Nat Akinyi
Category Zine Collection (by appointment)
Keywords colonialism, climate change, Environmental politics, Risograph, post-colonial theory, The Civic Role of Arts Institutions, Futures of Gender, Alternative Knowledges
Related Countries/Global Region Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia
Language English

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