Sokari Ekine

Documentary Photographer, Visual Scholar, Abolitionist
    
Location: New Orleans
Nationality: Nigerian British
Biography: Sokari Ekine, Photography Sokari Ekine is a Nigerian Black British genderqueer feminist and abolitionist 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... read on
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Updated: 02/26/21
February has been a busy month with two online events:  The Women's Circle a new online magazine created by The Palm Springs Women's Jazz Festfounder, Gail Christian.  Together with Alexis De Veaux, I spoke about my project "Spirit Desire" a visual exploration of African Diaspora Spiritual Practices which includes my work in Haiti, Kenya and the Gulf South.    You can watch the latest show, Monday 22nd February, here.The second event was organized by Sophiensaele "Politics of Love #9 Afrodiasporic Spiritual Practice", a conversation with transdisciplinary artist, Isaiah Lopaz, Hoodoo practitioner, Hess Love, and visual artist and poet, Goitse Freeverse Montsho.  

"In African Traditional Religions and Afrodiasporic Spiritual Practices, we find specific moments of our histories archived: the ability to connect with our ancestors, useful tools for health, sustainability, and resistance, knowledge transfer, and pathways to facilitate the advocacy of those who came before us. There are those of us who have always been connected to these practices, others who have returned, and those who are newly attracted to the cosmologies, methodologies, and philosophies entrenched in these spiritual practices. Where and by what means do those of us who identify as Black and Queer find liberation, healing, innovation, and transformation in the practices and disciplines of our ancestors? Through dialogue and exchange, practitioners of various disciplines will engage in a multilocal, multicultural conversation which addresses Queerness and African as well as Afro Diasporic Spiritual Practices.
Our conversation series Politics of Love is dedicated to forms of standing for each other, which carefully and lovingly create community. Questions of representation are currently moving culture and politics. Who actually represents whom? Who is allowed to depict whom? And how does one actually stand for oneself? Together with guests from the arts, aesthetic and political theory, we discuss strategies of representation and self-assertion and thus the basic agreements of theater and democracy. The focus is on the affirmation of concepts with a solidary and hegemony-critical orientation."
The third event is the relaunch edition of QZine, 10 Years of Queer Art, Culture and Creativity" a Pan-African magazine on art and culture by and for LGBTIQ++ communities in Africa and the Diaspora.   I am proud to be included in the first edition of the new QZine with my Kenyan series "Taskasa.


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