Sokari Ekine

Documentary Photographer, Visual Scholar
      
Location: New Orleans
Nationality: Nigerian British
Biography: Sokari is a Nigerian British feminist, photographer, visual scholar, writer, and activist.  She has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the US.  Her work focuses on decolonization, sexuality and sexual rights,... read on
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Book: Spirit Desire
sokari ekine
Mar 29, 2019
For the past 18 months I have been working on producing my first photo book on Haitian Vodoun.    I began my  journey  as a documentary photographer in 2013, six years after my initial encounter with Vodou.  I doubt the journey would have been possible without the presence of  my Lwa met tet  and my commitment as an initiate and sèvitè .  I celebrate and honour all the Lwa  for their living presence, direction and revolutionary love.

"Spirit Desire: – Resistance, Imagination and Sacred Memories in Haitian Vodoun”,  is a celebration of Haitian Vodoun as a site of resistance, decolonization and community. The series which includes images of everyday living, ritual and ceremony, aims to shift the gaze from representations that depict Vodoun as negative and instead present a decolonizing narrative: one in which voduizɑ̃ engage with a consciousness and spirituality that celebrates our humanity rather than focusing on a set of prescribed normative identities.

The print edition of 'Spirit Desire' can be viewed and purchased from Blurb.com .   Alternatively, especially for those outside of the US,  the print edition,  the Ebook and the PDF can all be purchased directly from me using Paypal or similar.  Please order through the 'Contact' box.  Thanks!
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The Empty Quarter -

By Sokari Ekine — The Mississippi River  in the Time of Covid19 New Orleans is one of the major epicenters of Covid19 in the USA with the second highest death..
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Working the Spirit: Rituals of the African Diaspora

By Sokari Ekine — EXHIBITION:  Working the Spirit: Rituals of the African Diaspora  is an exhibition curated by Dr. Sarah Clunis and presented at Xavier..
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AfroFuture, Ground Zero Exhibition

By Sokari Ekine — EXHIBITION : An exhibition showcasing contemporary work by artists, creatives, and designers engaging in the aesthetic of black spatial realities,..
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By Sokari Ekine — Julia Sangodare Roxanne Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs – the fourth in the series transformation of silence into action whether through..
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By Sokari Ekine — I'm proud to be included in the promotion of   #TalesOfYourCity , in my adopted home of New Orleans, where the series Tales of the City on..
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Queer! Like Fearlessness to Imagine

By Sokari Ekine — Celebrating PRIDE “Not queer like gay. Queer like, escaping definition. Queer like some sort of fluidity and limitlessness at once. Queer..
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Exhibition: ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offering

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Exhibition: Memento Mori

By Sokari Ekine — Memento Mori an exhibition on the fragility of human life. At the Second Floor Gallery, St Claude, New Orleans. May 11 to.June 28. My..
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2019 Projects in progress

By Sokari Ekine — As a way of exploring queerness and it’s relationship to spirituality and ritual practices and building on previous work, “Altars: Black..
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Photo Stories 2019 [7:] Nothing Matters

By Sokari Ekine — Nothing Matters is the title of a poem which inspired a collection of poems and other writings by the same name. The collection was released in..
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