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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Credits: sokari ekine
Date of Work: 05/07/16 - 05/07/16
Updated: 01/23/20
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"In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my own mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for in my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light and what I most regretted were my silences. Of what had ever been afraid? To question or to speak as I believed I would have meant pain, or death. But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end. Death, on the other hand, is the final silence. And that might be coming quickly, now, without regard for whether I had ever spoken what needed to be said, or only betrayed myself into small silences, while I planned someday to speak, or waited for someone else’s words. And I began to recognize a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into a perspective gave me great strength. "  “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” 

The photos in this series speak to the transformation of silence into action whether through speech, words, images or performance by Queer, Black, and LatinX

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By Sokari Ekine — Alexis De Veaux : the first in the series Queer as in  Fearlessness.   This is the story my grandfather told Membrane This is not the..

Alexis and Sangodare

By Sokari Ekine — Julia Sangodare Roxanne Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs – the fourth in the series transformation of silence into action whether through..


By Sokari Ekine — Blessol Gathoni, a  Queer Social Rights Activist.   In conversation with Gathoni they talked about seeing,  not just perspectives,..


By Sokari Ekine — Steven Fullwood is an archivist and queer activist.  In 1999 whilst working at the Schomburg in New York, he founded the Black Gay &..


By Sokari Ekine — What is now is the same as before | it just got changed

Salt: The Persistence of Blackness

By Sokari Ekine

Haiti, People

By Sokari Ekine

Spirit Desire Vodou Shorts: 1 - Spirit Practice

By Sokari Ekine — “SPIRIT DESIRE: - RESISTANCE, IMAGINATION & SACRED MEMORIES IN HAITIAN VODOUN” “Spirit Desire” is a celebration of..

Takasa: Rescuing our truths through cleansing & consciousness

By Sokari Ekine — May/June 2017 I visited the coastal region of Kenya in a joint collaboration with Kenyan QLGBTI activist, Laura Wangari. Specifically, we visited,..
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