Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle


Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer. Her practice fluctuates between collaborations and participatory projects with alternative gallery spaces within various communities to projects that are intimate and based upon her private experiences in relationship to historical events and contexts. A term that has become a mantra for her practice is the “Historical Present,” as she examines the residue of history and how it affects our contemporary world perspective. She is an alumna of the California Institute of the Arts’ Interschool program in which she received her MFA in Art & Critical Studies/Creative Writing. Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Hinkle was the youngest artist to participate in the multi-generational biennial Made in LA 2012. Hinkle’s work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artforum, The Huffington Post, The Washington P­­ost and The New York Times. Hinkle was listed on The Huffington Post’s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.

Project Description

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is the founder and director of the Kentifrica Museum of Culture. The museum is a living archive that utilizes collaborations with members of artistic communities and individuals who do not formally identify as artists to explore real and imagined Diasporas and the conflicts that arise from issues of visibility within the documentation and display of mainstream history. The Kentifrican Musuem of Culture is a safe place for all cultures, genders, sexual orientations, classes and life experiences to have a dialogue about history, identity and acceptance. The conceptual premise of the museum is that it can shapeshift and take on various forms and modes as it engages with communities nationwide. The museum can take residence in an abandoned telephone booth, the back seat of Hinkle’s car, a row house built during the Reconstruction Era in Houston, TX (Project Row Houses) etc. The shapeshifting component of the museum creates a metaphor in relationship to Diasporic traditions that have had to adapt to various environmental conditions ensuing complex migration patterns and the elusive search for creative avenues to keep one’s culture and history alive. The Kentifrican Musuem of Culture will utilize SPArt funds to create programming that includes: free educational workshops with youth, panel discussions, art exhibits, musical performances and film screenings within a storefront space in Leimart Park Village.