Arena for Contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean Art

International Week of Black Women in the Arts


The lack of representation is something that is returned to time and time again. Without representation we cannot accurately credit black women’s contribution to the art world. Whilst this barrier is in place, it will always be difficult to fully celebrate and praise their work. It will be a challenge to correctly document and archive their submissions into the artistic sphere.

Christabel Johanson on Black Women in the Arts
Simone Leigh, Facade, 2022, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

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Walter O. Evans: collector of African American art & literature

FROM THE ARCHIVE: March 6, 2021:

If this exhibition was held in the USA, I would first want it to include my Frederick Douglass collection, now housed at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and now available digitally online for all the world to read. I also have several slave narratives in my collection which I would like to see included. I have only one item directly related to the Dutch involvement in slavery which I would have liked to have been included in the current Rijksmuseum exhibition: A Sermon, written by Jacobus Elisa Joannes Capitein, written in 1742, an extremely rare item in the original form.

Walter Evans about the slavery exhibition in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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Isan Corinde: Slavery Past


He generally loves stories. He doesn’t read them but he fantasizes about them when he sees something or hears something. His interest in slavery, especially as it occurred in Suriname with the Maroons, was sparked by the stories his grandmother told him.

Rob Perrée about the project Slavery Past by Isan Corinde

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Tender Photo: a project of Emmanuel Iduma


Every week I feature one photograph and the photographer who took it. You’ll read a short introductory note from me, and more importantly, a statement from the photographer.

Emmanuel Iduma on his Tender Photo project.

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Reading Black Art

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

A Resource on Black Artists, Art History and Visual Culture by Nasher, Museum of Art at Duke University
Reading Black Art is a non-exhaustive collection of resources on art, art history and visual culture of the African Diaspora. This curated selection presents a wide array of instructive texts that will aid in better understanding of and engagement with work by Black artists in the Nasher Museum collection. Reading Black Art also features exhibition catalogues published by the Nasher Museum on the occasion of original, traveling exhibitions of work by Black artists. Intended to be a living and circumscribed bibliography that is updated regularly,

Reading Black Art is a helpful tool for educators, students and those interested in Black visual culture.

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February edition, 2023

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