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Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead

Donkor, Kimathi (2012) Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Donkor, Kimathi

'Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead' was a solo exhibition held at Rivington Place that included paintings newly commissioned by Iniva alongside recent and earlier works.

The show featured depictions of heroic black women who held military commands in anti-colonial and anti-slavery struggles. The lives of Njinga Mbandi, Nanny of the Maroons, Yaa Asantewaa and Harriet Tubman were illustrated through dramatic depictions of documented and mythologised events.

Curated by Tessa Jackson and Grant Watson the exhibition also featured a programme that included a tour with filmmaker John Sealey; a family workshop led by Othello De'Souza-Hartley; a 'new opinions' tour led by young people; a panel discussion with Nana Adusei-Poku and Kimathi Donkor; an artist's tour; an artist's masterclass and a Stuart Hall Reading Group study day at the Stuart Hall Library.

A catalogue booklet was published by Iniva, featuring texts by Dr David Dibosa and Professor Carol Tulloch, who also contributed texts to the information panels in the show.

Other Contributors:
CuratorJackson, Tessa
CuratorWatson, Grant
Other (Catalogue and panel text writing)Dibosa, David
Other (Catalogue and panel text writing)Tulloch, Carol
Additional Information (Publicly available):

No of artworks: 9

1. Kombi Continua (Scenes from the life of Njinga Mbandi). 2010, oil on linen, 160 x 171 cm.

2. Drama Queen (Scenes from the life of Njinga Mbandi). 2010, oil on linen, 160 x 100 cm.

3. When shall we 3? (Scenes from the life of Njinga Mbandi). 2010, oil on linen, 160 x 105 cm.

4. Harriet Tubman En Route to Canada. 2012, oil on canvas, 165 x 210 cm.

5. Nanny [of the Maroons'] Fifth Act of Mercy. 2012, oil on canvas, 165 x 210 cm.

6. Yaa Asantewaa Inspecting the Dispositions at Ejisu. 2012, oil on canvas, 165 x 210 cm.

7. Johnny Was borne Aloft by Joy & Stephen. 2010, oil on canvas, 160 x 190 cm.

8. Madonna Metropolitan[: The Death of Cynthia Jarrett]
2005, oil on canvas, 161.5 x 161.5 cm.

9. [Portrait of the Artist] Helping With Enquiries: 1984. 2005, oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Caribbean History, Black Women's Studies
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: 13 September 2012
Funders: Arts Council England, TrAIN: Researcgh Centre for Transnational Art, Idenity, Nation, University of the Arts, London
Related Websites: https://iniva.org/programme/projects/kimathi-donkor-queens-of-the-undead/, https://www.kimathidonkor.net/
Related Websites:
Related Publications: Donkor. K, Jackson. T, Watson. G, Dibosa. D and Tulloch. C. Kimathi Donkor: Queens of the Undead. Published by Iniva, London 2012. ISBN 978-1-899846-54-6, Rivington Place—Exhibitions & Events: Autumn Winter 2012, Pawson, L. Queens of the Undead Review IN Frieze, 2012 [Available at https://web.archive.org/web/20140228123213/http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/kimathi-donkor/ ], Nagesh, A. Queens of the Undead review IN Art Forum, 2012 [ https://www.artforum.com/picks/institute-of-international-visual-arts-iniva-37269 ], Milliard, C. Queens of the Undead IN ArtInfo, 2012 [ http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2012/11/artinfo-uk-reviews-kimathi-donkors-queens-of-the-undead/ ], Pawson, L.Queens of the Undead review IN Buala, 2012 [ http://www.buala.org/en/face-to-face/queens-of-the-undead-an-exhibition-of-kimathi-donkor ], Menezes, C. Retelling history through art – an interview with Kimathi Donkor IN Studio International by [ https://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/retelling-history-through-art-an-interview-with-kimathi-donkor ], Hackney Citizen, Queens of the Undead review [ https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2012/10/01/kimathi-donkor-queens-of-the-undead-iniva/], The Voice, Resurrecting the Past Feature by Hazelanne Williams [ https://web.archive.org/web/20121003072408/http://voice-online.co.uk/article/resurrecting-past ], www.MsAfropolitan.com, Queens of the Undead Review by Minna Salami
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Rivington Place, London, EC2 3BA13 September 201224 November 2012
Material/Media: 9 paintings, oil on canvas
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2021 13:16
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2021 13:16
Item ID: 13219
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/13219

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