Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Bio

Drawing from her long-term autoethnographical project Kentifrica, which encompasses the creation of a continent where the histories of Kentucky and the ancestral heritage of West Africa converge, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle will present two concerts by ethnomusicologists studying Kentifrican musical forms. Writing an origin story of Kentifrica, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle continues to expand on what will eventually become a multivolume history of this imaginary terrain, one that grows alongside her various collaborations. Creating fissures in language and slippages between fiction and reality, Hinkle writes the story of Kentifrica as her studio becomes the site for its materialization. Collaborations with chefs have led to a genealogy of Kentifrican cuisine, while her work with horticulturalists has allowed for detailed writings on the continent’s flora. Archival documents and sculptures populate Hinkle’s installations, and costumes and hairpieces from the Kentifrican story have become props for performances. Working in collaboration with performer/composer Kevin Robinson and instrument maker and musician Eugene Moon, Hinkle has created a series of instruments and original musical compositions inspired by different regions of Kentifrica.

Gallery

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. Kentifrica Map, 2011. Acrylic on paper. 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. Passport Kentifrican United Regones, 2011. Paper, vinyl, ink. 4 x 5 in. (10.2 x 12.7 cm). Courtesy the artist.

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. Pearls and Pubic Hair. A hat for a real Lady, 2011. Shoulder pads, human hair, pearls, and seed beads. Courtesy the artist.