Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

Dr Carol Ann Dixon's review of the 'Sahel' exhibition (The Met, NYC, 2020). The content focuses primarily on the forms and expressions of material culture that emerged in the western Sahel, spanning key transitional periods from the dawn of ancient Ghana in the 4th century through to the fall of the Segu Empire in 1861.

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En Plein Air: Reflections of a ‘Black Flaneuse’ in New York

As I look back to document a few more reflections on my mid-February trip to New York, the memories that immediately return (writing three months on) create a remembrance that seems much more vivid than is typical when recounting past life experiences over that space of time. Moreover, the thoughts that have come back to... Continue Reading →

Illuminated Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London

The glass collections located on the 4th floor of the V&A Museum in South Kensington feature a small but varied selection of contemporary pieces by artists from around the world (displayed in Room 129, The Märit Rausing Gallery). Among the most interesting exhibits on show at the time of my visit in early February 2019... Continue Reading →

Sculptural Subjects: Figures and Encounters in Space

Throughout June, July and August I visited a number of exhibitions where sculptural representations of the human body dominated the presentations. Although each showcase was distinctive, the unifying aspect was the way the artists and/or the curators had installed the works to provoke powerful encounters between the sculptures and the moving bodies of the visitors... Continue Reading →

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