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Kosisochukwu Nnebe is Nigerian-Canadian who’s latest project is currently on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as part of their Black History Month program until March 30. Nnebe’s project focuses on the identity of the modern black woman.

According to Nnebe, her project is divided into three parts:

The first part consists of layered paintings on plexiglass that show different performances of black/African femininity and the manner in which they can fit into the concept of modernity. I wanted to visually depict modernity as a safe space that is created individually and encompasses separate elements that can be seen separately or as a whole.

The second part is a video collaboration with Dominican filmmaker Jean Jean. Short and simple, the video highlights the complexity of a concept such as modernity —especially as the parameters of race and gender are then added.

The final part is a written article entitled “The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability”. Starting with a first reaction to the installation piece, I discuss the image of the black female body, the creation of a dichotomy of queen and hoe, as well as the need for a multitude of black, female narratives within the media.

Check out her artist profile below:

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  • Primmest Plum

    Innovative work and so very thought provoking. Definitely someone to have talk over coffee with. : )

  • Thank you for the feature! here is a link to my facebook page: facebook.com/colouredconversations and also a link to the entire project : mothernity.tumblr.com

  • MmmGood

    Great feature. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this topic, but it isn’t something I see expressed very often in art and it definitely has a place.