This site will be used to archive information about the Kentifrica Is Project and will be used as an online hub to track the Kentifrican Museum of Culture.
The Kentifrican Museum of Culture is a conceptual living artwork that utilizes collaborations with members of local & contemporary artistic communities and individuals who do not formally identify as artists, to explore real and imagined Diasporas and the conflicts that arise from issues of visibility within the documentation and display of mainstream history. The museum is a part of a larger initiative to educate and share components of Kentifrica as a geography, culture and identity. This initiative was conceived in 2009 by interdisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle. Through her collaborative efforts she has created an archive that creates an undeniable thread to Kentifrica and its existence as a pivitol force neglected by historical mapping and conventional knowledge production. The foundation of the project is built upon the importance of taking one’s agency to foster conversations that interrogate history as we know it and have been taught to expect it to be. The museum is not meant to provide viewers with a comprehensive guide to ALL Kentifrican culture, nor does it serve as a primary authority of knowledge about Kentifrica. It merely gives a sampling and glimpse into components integral to Kentifrican culture such as: food, hairstyling, music, adornment, and myth making. As this project continues to evolve and take on various shapes and forms it is Hinkle’s hope that others will feel inspired to create their own cultural museums that specifically engage parts of their cultures that have been deemed invisible, non-existent, and non-essential due to the ramifications of diaspora, migration and immigration.
The Kentifrican Museum of Culture is a safe place for all cultures, genders, sexual orientations, classes and life experiences to have a dialogue about history, identity and acceptance. The conceptual premise of the museum is that it can shape shift and take on various forms and modes as it engages with communities nationwide. The museum can take residence in an abandoned telephone both, the trunk of a car, a row house built during the Reconstruction Era in Houston, TX (Project Row Houses) etc. The shape shifting component of the museum creates a metaphor in relationship to Diasporic traditions that have had to adapt to various environmental conditions ensuing complex migration patterns and the elusive search for creative avenues to keep one’s culture and history alive.
The Kentifrica Museum of Culture has been featured at several highly reputable art institutions and has presented several lectures, exhibitions and workshops with youth in the following communities: Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, California Institute of the Arts, Juxtapositions Art Center in St. Paul, MN, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA and the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, PA. Currently the museum is working on making its next appearance within a storefront in Leimart Park Village in Los Angeles, CA.