Artist: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Design: Sming Sming Books
Publisher: Occidental College (2018)
2 books (8.5 x 11 in, 40 pages, color, softcover; 5.5 x 8 in, 32 pages, risograph, color, softcover), 1 zine (4 x 6 in, 10 pages, color), 1 USB flash drive clip
Edition of 200
Kentifrica is a contested geography/continent for which artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is developing an educational and research platform. Through re-creating Kentifrican objects, sharing narratives and customs from her research archives, she is exploring identity as a construction, inviting critical engagement with the intersections of collective vs. personal histories, Diaspora, migration, immigration, cross-cultural exchange, issues of geography and authority in relation- ship to knowledge production. Through the embodiment of various voices and modes of address, Hinkle examines what happens to bodies in transit and how are they contextualized culturally, depending upon historically sanctioned, dominant signifiers of race and culture. The project exists as a multi-layered living and breathing organism that thrives off of collaborations with various individuals and communities who originate from multiple social, cultural, geographical, and artistic experiences.
Kentifrications: Convergent Truth(s) and Realities is a multi-part publication: a catalogue from Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle's 2018 exhibition at the Weingart Gallery at Occidental College; an introduction to Kentifrican culture with essays by Isaac DeLamatre, Alana Hillman, and Eugene Moon; a special collection of origami/zine styled Kentifrican book covers designed by Adrianna Housman in which readers are encouraged to cut, fold, and put together; and a bonus USB flash drive of Kentifrican music, language, and explorations by Kevin Robinson.