Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe – Contemporary Response – Featured Image 1

25 Oct
VICTOR EKPUK, ETHIOP 48” x 48”, acrylic and steel on panel, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art

VICTOR EKPUK, ETHIOP
48” x 48”, acrylic and steel on panel, 2012.
Image courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art

VICTOR EKPUK’s Artist Statement:

ETHIOP
“My color does not disfigure my honor and wit” –Afonso Alvares” (Portugal, 1500s)
This exhibition is layered with history, memory and meaning. For me, these layers are summed up in; “Head of a Black Slave” (1560-90, cast iron, Venice, Italy). This object with manacled neck and unbowed head has inspired my creation of a painting titled “Ethiop”.
“Ethiop” (a Renaissance description of a black African) explores the symbolisms and metaphors of black as a color. It explores history, relationships, experiences and conditions of being described as “black”, being “black”, and being “black African”.
The layers of meaning explored in “Ethiop” also find expression in my second piece, “Union of Pope Clement VII and Simonetta da Collevecchio”.

Head of a Black Slave (1560-90, cast iron, Venice, Italy) Courtesy Walters Art Museum

Head of a Black Slave
(1560-90, cast iron, Venice, Italy)
Courtesy Walters Art Museum

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: