Sokari Ekine

Documentary Photographer, Visual Scholar, Abolitionist
    
We create altars
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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We create altars
Credits: sokari ekine
Updated: 06/16/20
We are Black Queer, GNC, and Trans.  We Create Altars.  That's What We Do.

Over the past three weeks, Altars and Memorials have been created across our city of New Orleans by primarily Black Queer, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans People.  Altars have been created at sites of protests, on bridges, 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.  We continue to rise and rise again.   On this Altar is the  poem, "Elegy", by Aracelis Girmay: -


"What to do with this knowledge that our living is not guaranteed?
 
Perhaps one day you touch the young branch
of something beautiful. & it grows & grows
despite your birthdays & the death certificate,
& it one day shades the heads of something beautiful
or makes itself useful to the nest. Walk out
of your house, then, believing in this.
Nothing else matters.

All above us is the touching
of strangers & parrots,
some of them human,
some of them not human.

Listen to me. I am telling you
a true thing. This is the only kingdom.
The kingdom of touching;
the touches of the disappearing, things."




















 
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Black Joy With 360Fit

By Sokari Ekine / New Orleans, Louisiana — 360 Fit New Orleans is a group of Black womyn who come together every weekday morning and evening to elevate..
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The Bridge: Black Spaces for Action

By Sokari Ekine / New Orleans — Over the past three weeks, I have been posting short essay pieces on Altars in my home from home, New..
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Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells and Rich Milton

By Sokari Ekine — Two Black Trans Women, Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells and Rich Milton, were murdered this week...
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The Bridge: What Does It Take For Whiteness To See?

By Sokari Ekine & Alexis De Veaux / New Orleans — When I arrive In you I am the deeper Color heartwood And decay Resistant Call me cypress In this city I am..
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Offerings for Black Life

By Sokari Ekine — Coming from a place of healing and self-care is a political act that guides us to be focused and to move as..
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Experimental

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

By Sokari Ekine
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Alexis

By Sokari Ekine — Alexis De Veaux : the first in the series Queer as in  Fearlessness.   This is the story my..
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Max

By Sokari Ekine — QUEER LIKE THE FEARLESSNESS TO IMAGINE "In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my own..
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Alexis and Sangodare

By Sokari Ekine — Julia Sangodare Roxanne Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs – the fourth in the series transformation of..
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Blessol

By Sokari Ekine — Blessol Gathoni, a  Queer Social Rights Activist.   In conversation with Gathoni they talked..
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Steven

By Sokari Ekine — Steven Fullwood is an archivist and queer activist.  In 1999 whilst working at the Schomburg in New..
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Salt: The Persistence of Blackness

By Sokari Ekine / Gonaïves, Haiti
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Haiti, People

By Sokari Ekine / Haiti
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Spirit Desire Vodou Shorts: 1 - Spirit Practice

By Sokari Ekine / Haiti — “SPIRIT DESIRE: - RESISTANCE, IMAGINATION & SACRED MEMORIES IN HAITIAN VODOUN” “Spirit..
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Takasa: Rescuing our truths through cleansing & consciousness

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