I Am Not My Father
EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town
In “I Am Not My Father”, Kaloki Nyamai plays the role of an inquisitor, posing uncomfortable yet necessary discussions currently gaining momentum in the visual arts sphere in black popular culture. Themes of racial dialogue, self-definition and black representation are highlighted from within the politics of spaces in which black bodies find themselves in; both in the context of the African continent and the greater Diaspora.
The work explores the cultural legacies of colonialism and the human consequences of controlling a state in order to exploit the native people and their land. The consequences being insurmountable historical injustices and the erasure of identity, sacrificed at the stake of the black man’s worth.
Excerpt from text, I AM NOT MY FATHER, by Immaculate Juma