Articles in the Issue 040 Gender & Sexuality Category
By: Kampire Bahana
This petite and easy read is a testament to the importance of telling our own stories. We usually talk about this in reference to being African; outsiders have been telling our stories since before the days of Heart of Darkness, a book published more than a hundred years ago that continues to define the continent in the minds of many. Today we have movie stars like George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Ben Affleck, testifying in front of American […]
The photographic project Britain Loves Africa by Campbell attempts to give viewers a domestic insight into the homes of couples living in East Africa of whom one partner is British and the other African. With these images she raises a subject that would normally be informally explored, in conversation or gossip, and given it a platform for public debate.
Review By Moses Serubiri on Nudity at Tackling Texts
On 19 February 2014, a meeting of artists, art lecturers, students and arts managers convened at the Makerere Art Gallery for the year’s first Tackling Texts, a forum to engage African art theory. The text to be tackled was Part I of Angelo Kakande’s essay, Nudity: Is it Artistic Expression and Free Speech?, as published in START Journal. Kadande argues the concept of nudity through various lenses: nudity as the right to […]
In a globalized world with borders and boundaries constantly being challenged, how can the arts define or redefine ambiguous states of gender or sexuality? Are there clear roles for men and women, male and female? Do contemporary artists appropriate traditional cultural practices? What artistic prescriptions exist to speak about such issues? How do they employ their mediums to converse within liminal spaces or destabilize patriarchal standards.