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Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle: The Evanesced

In The Evanesced, drawings and a performance by California-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle bring attention to a painful subject: missing black women in America and the African diaspora, from history to the present day. Hinkle's abstract "un-portraits" of elusive figures--drawn with handmade brushes and while the artist improvises dances to blues, hip-hop, and Baltimore Club music--pivot between real and imagined narratives representing thousands of black women who have disappeared due to colonialism, human trafficking, homicides, and other forms of erasure. On April 27, 2017 Hinkle will perform The Evanesced: Embodied Disappearance in the gallery, during which she will evoke various types of women navigating historical and contemporary contexts. The piece--which includes a soundtrack of whispers, shuffles, and snippets of popular and underground music--adds another dimension to this emotional examination of a fraught part of the black female experience. The Evanesced is an expression of the #SayHerName movement of mourning, awareness, and healing.

Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer, educator, and performer who lives and works in Los Angeles and Oakland. Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Row Houses in Houston, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 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.

This exhibition is curated by CAAM's Deputy Director, Naima J. Keith.

Image: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, The Evanesced #94 (detail), 2016, India ink and watercolor on recycled, acid-free paper, 12 x 9 inches, © Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery