Sokari Ekine

Photographer, Visual Artist
      
Altars of Black Resistance - New Orleans
Location: Richmond VA
Nationality: Nigerian British
Biography: Sokari Ekine, Photography Sokari Ekine is a Nigerian Black British genderqueer feminist  who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. Their work has been exhibited in such venues as the 4th Biennale of... MORE
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Altars of Black Resistance - New Orleans
sokari ekine
Jun 26, 2020
Over the past four weeks, Black people in New Orleans have been creating altars at sites of protests, on bridges, outside homes, and on the streets.  Some of our Altars have been torn down by the city! Tossed into rubbish heaps, made invisible as they have tried to make us invisible. But we remain, we are persistent as Blackness is persistent.

Coming from a place of healing and self-care is a political act that guides us to be focused and to move as one, to become balancestral.   In New Orleans, we created and will be creating altars in honour of those murdered by killer police and white supremacists vigilantes! We also honour all those who risk their lives and livelihoods on the streets of America.  This is a time of deep hurt and deep rage and we must balance our hearts and spirits to live in struggle and as Black people we are calling on the ancestors to protect us, to enable us to thrive rather than just survive, to maintain our focus on dismantling white supremacy and its institutions and icons, and abolishing all forms of policing including, ICE, prisons, city police.




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