Across the United States, thousands of black girls and women going missing every year with little attention from the media.
Artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle uses her art to highlight this issue with her series “The Evanesced.”
In “The Evanesced,” drawings and a performance by California-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle bring attention to a painful subject: missing black women in America and the African diaspora, from history to the present day. Hinkle’s abstract “un-portraits” of elusive figures—drawn with handmade brushes as the artist improvises dances to blues, hip-hop, and Baltimore Club music—pivot between real and imagined narratives representing thousands of black women who have disappeared due to colonialism, human trafficking, homicides, and other forms of erasure. The Evanesced is an expression of the #SayHerName movement of mourning, awareness, and healing.
“The Evanesced” is currently on view at the California African American Museum from now until June 25, 2017.