afrocentric-regina burris

My curation gallery is thematically subject-based. I often wonder why history and art is culturally exclusive of "minorities". A holistic approach offers more to audiences by challenging the conventional and typical perspectives by which we experience and see the world. A severely under-appreciated yet highly appropriated culture will be given emphasis here. This is Afrocentric. Enjoy!

Breastfeeding woman, Kang'ara wa Njambi, 1970/1970, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
This picture displays the natural relation between mother and child in Afrocentric fashion. The use of color and emotional subjectiveness is used to illustrate warm sentiments.
Cover Girls, Patrick Mukabi, From the collection of: GoDown Arts Centre
European standards of beauty celebrate images that are not naturally diverse. Patrick Mukabi captures the beauty of voluptuous Black women who are taught to hate themselves for the texture of hair.
Four Studies of a Male Head, Peter Paul Rubens, about 1617–1620, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Peter Paul Rubens subtle use of shading and lights masterful in depicting 4 men of African descent. The men are shown to be strong, happy and civil unlike many images shown in today's media.
Group of Men, Morgan, 1970/1970, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
This image is simple yet striking. The avoidance of variety in color usage makes this art piece beautiful. These men are African and it symbolizes strength in unity.
Emuobonurie, Bruce Onobrakpeya, 1976/1976, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
Two tribal women are depicted in this picture. There is a great quality of detail in the skin markings and background patterns. There is a story of cultural pride often not included nowadays.
Woman at a stream, Kang'ara wa Njambi, 1970/1970, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
The use of muted colors show hues that are shaded and not pure saturation. The woman at the stream tells of a journey to get an essential substance that facilitates life while surrounded by nature.
John Boyes Collection, John Boyes, 1900/1920, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
The African landscapes are used to show nature as sublime. Here is a striking painting of a sunset in Kenya. The colors are majestic. The colors show harmony which Africans strive for daily.
The Hunted Slaves, Richard Ansdell, 1861, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Africans were historically shown as savage and inhumane. Slaves are escaping and fighting for the very right to live out of captivity of slaveowners. Richard Ansdell uses realism in this art piece.
The mulatto gentlement of Esmeraldas, Andrés Sánchez Gallque, 1599, From the collection of: Museo de América
Three Moors are shown in this painting arriving in Spain which sparks the Renaissance that many historians credit the Medici family with. This is beautifully depicted by the artist using perspective.
Off the Edge, Mequitta Ahuja, 2008, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Africans have had to innovate and reinvent endlessly while being downplayed and considered inferior and natural resources stolen from under them. This picture shows that struggle using texture.
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