Biography

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary, Los Angeles-based visual artist, writer, and performer who is interested having a conversation about the complexities of history and power. Her work is woven from historical and contemporary narratives that raise questions concerning our collective encounters with the black female body and its relationship to the exotic. It explores personal narratives from the artist intermingled with known and unknown historical figures in relationship to notions and constructions of the black female body as a prototype for both exotic beauty and repulsion. Her series The Uninvited reconstructs narratives of late 19th century and early 20th century West African ethnographic photography taken mainly by French colonialists. Through the embellishment of these photos, Hinkle uses the metaphor of disease to represent colonialism and the poetic interpretation of a virus entering the body. Hinkle interrogates the power dynamics between the gaze, the subject, and the viewer. 

Hinkle’s work was shown in The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Fore exhibition, and she was the youngest participant in the Made in LA2012 biennial at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She will have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Art at University of New Hampshire opening in September 2015. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Artforum, and LA Weekly, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Artadia Award. She was listed on The Huffington Post’s “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.”