Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

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Artist Statement

My creative process involves using research that pertains to museum studies, cartography, colonialism and lived experiences to dissect, interrupt and reconstruct narratives of power. I am fascinated by the black female body as a site for projections and notions of the exotic. I am interested in how this body is contextualized depending on who is looking at it and how it is contextualized by social factors of the geographies in which it travels. Interrupting historical photo documentations of the black female body as colonial expressions of power fuel my investigations and inspire the usage of my body within my work. I am interested in how the body is policed, charted and constructed historically and presently. I utilize private endurance performance and drawing on top of colonial era photography of West African women and I create figurative abstract drawings that are inspired by historical fiction.

Currently I am working on a project about a contested geography called Kentifrica. The project collapses my interests in social sculpture, museum studies, anthropology, and the problematics of ethnography into one. I created the project as an opportunity to embrace the idea of what I do not know about my ancestral origins instead of being defined by a story of trauma and loss. I began to invite people to give their own interpretations of Kentifrican culture through panel discussions and collaborations to re-create artifacts and food. Through these invitations Kentifrica has morphed into a physical and theoretical place in which a living archive is developing.



US Fulbright Fellowship to Lagos, Nigeria.


MFA Art & Critical Studies/Creative Writing, California Institute of the Arts.


BFA Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art.


AICAD New York Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Who Among Us…The Art of Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA.

Looking Where it Ain’t, University of New Hampshire Museum of Art, Durham, NH.

Navigating The Historical Present: Kentifrican Interventions, Clark Humanities Museum, Claremont, CA.

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, Volta Art Fair Solo Project, New York


Say it isn’t so…., Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY .


Kentifrica Is or Kentifrica Ain’t?, The Bindery Projects, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Knee Grow in the New World, Gallery D301, California Institute of the Arts.


The Nowannago and Other Kentifrican Narratives, L-Shape Gallery, California Institute

of the Arts.

Selected Group Exhibitions


Role Play, Sun Valley Center for The Arts, Sun Valley, ID.

Performing Blackness: Performing Whiteness, Allgeheny College, PA.

Biomythography: Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers, Curated by Jessica Wimbley & Chris Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA.


Biomythography: Secret Poetry & Hidden Angers, Curated by Jessica Wimbley & Chris Christian, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.


Seven Sister, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Connection Reflection curated by Nikki Pressely, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.


Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY.

Balia con Dunde, Watts Tower Art Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Authenticity?, Untitled Art Projects, Los Angeles, CA.

Made in LA 2012 Biennial, LAXART, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Los Angeles, CA.

Venice Beach Biennial, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.


Intimacies: MFA 2011 GradShow, Farley Building, Los Angeles, CA.

MFA Mid-Residency Group Show, CalArts, Valencia, CA.


Colorblind/Colorsight, Katzen Art Center Gallery- American University.

Our Common Bond: Mother Daughter Sister Self, Galerie Mrytis, Baltimore, MD.

Six in the Mix: Selections by Renee Stout, Hillyer Art Space, Washington .D.C.


Fun Home, New York Studio Program Exhibition, DUMBO, NY.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, Gateway Gallery MICA, Baltimore, MD.



Call & Response A Symposium of Black Women in Performance, Curated and organized by Gabrielle Civil, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH.


The Uninvited: Uncharting the Charted, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY.

Kentifrica Is: An Ethnomusicology Concert, Made in LA 2012 Biennial, LAXART &.

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Venice Beach Biennial, LAXART & Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Perform Chinatown 4th Annual Performance Festival, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Baila Con Dunde, Watts Tower Art Center, Los Angeles CA.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants


US Fulbright Student Award to Lagos, Nigeria.


Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant, Social Practice in Art Grant from SPArt LA.


ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.


Artadia Fund for Dialogue & Art- Finalist.


Interdisciplinary Grant, California Institute of the Arts.


Jacob K. Javits Graduate Full Fellowship.

Bibliography/ Selected Press


Artforum, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle 500 Words by Monica Westin, online November 19.

artltd, The Gender Gap: Are Female Artists Still Under Valued? George Melrod, May/June Issue.


ArtBound Southern California Cultural Journalism KCET  Haunted Geographies: The Living Work of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Nikki Darling, Posted online March 12.

Artvoices Magazine  25 Artist to Collect & Watch, Terrance Sanders, Fall Issue.


Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know Huffington Post Arts & Culture, Posted online: February 26, 8:18 am EST.


New York Times, Art & Design, Racial Redefinition in Progress ‘Fore’ at Studio Museum in Harlem by Holland Cotter, November 29.

New York Times online, The Week Ahead Nov. 4-10, November 2.

ArtForum, Made in L.A. 2012 Hammer Museum, LAXART, Los Angeles Municipal Art.

Gallery by Michael Ned Holte, October issue.

LA Weekly, Art+Books LA Weekly, Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A’: Three Artists’ Journey to L.A.’s New Biennial by Catherine Wagley, May 31.

Los Angeles Times blog, Hammer Announces $100,000 prize for new biennial; 60 artists chosen by Jori Finkel, March 14.

The Washington Post, Group Show at Hillyer by Jessica Dawson, Aug. 1.