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In the above photograph, Johnette Iris Stubbs captures a group of baianas, or women native to the Brazilian state of Bahia, making offerings to Iemanjá, an African deity known as the goddess of the sea. The poetic image, caught in the last moments of twilight, is one of many in Mfon, a new biannual journal that collects the work of 100 women photographers from the African diaspora. Founded by the documentary photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and the visual artist Adama Delphine Fawundu, the journal hopes to “fill a void while creating a space for intellectual discourse around issues represented by women photographers of African descent.”
To commemorate its first of many events at the Brooklyn Public Library, Visually Speaking, a series devoted to conversations around visual art, has invited the journal’s founders to speak about their project with Grace Ali, the editorial director of the art activism-oriented Of Note Magazine. Unlike a lot of other art publications out there, this one seems to be contributing a new voice. I am especially curious to hear about the journal’s future issues, which promise to focus on fewer artists at a time and in more depth.
When: Wednesday, November 1, 7:30–9pm
Where: Brooklyn Public Library (Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
More info here.
New works by one of Bangladesh’s most prominent photojournalists, writers, and activists are on view at the Chicago art space through November 27.
Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.
An exhibition at the San Francisco Opera House pairs the work of incarcerated artists with Beethoven’s story of unjust imprisonment.
Many works take disruption and repetition as their themes, and many artists resurface in different sections, creating multiple affinities.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In Cooking with Paris, Hilton capitalizes on her portrayal of being a competent woman, while highlighting its anachronism through her absurd performance. Rosler manipulates the camera in the same way.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
A man says Blue Bayou took details of his life without his permission. Several women who appear in the documentary Sabaya say they did not consent to be filmed. How can filmmakers avoid these ethical pitfalls?
Ursula Biemann, Nicolas Bourriaud, and others said they will no longer participate in the event.
There is an official ban against the public mourning of Tiananmen Square victims in Hong Kong and mainland China.