Link List #114: How to write about Africa, photographs addressing Nepalese gender inequality, and a fond farewell to conceptual artist Lutz Bacher

This week we’ve been reading about how to (and how not to) write about Africa, the Nepali photographer who uses her art form to confront South Asian gender bias, and the obituary of the interdisciplinary and evasive conceptual artist Lutz Bacher, who passed away last week.

Uma Bista: Our Songs from the Forest
  • In celebration of their 40th birthday, and in the wake of Kenyan author and LGBTQ+ activist Binyavanga Wainaina’s untimely death, Granta has republished his 2005 essay How to Write About Africa, a satirical summary of the cliches and tropes often adopted when writing about “the Dark Continent.”
  • Conceptual artist Lutz Bacher died of a heart attack in New York City last week. Artnet bids a fond farewell to the category-defying creator who explored themes of sexuality, power, and violence through politically charged juxtapositions of text and image.
  • It’s Nice That talks to Nepali photographer Uma Bista, who aims to highlight the difficulties that women face under the systemic enforcement of patriarchal values in South Asian communities.
  • Tilda Swinton is adding curator to her impressive resume as she organizes her first exhibition, which opens at New York’s Aperture Foundation today. Tackling themes of identity and transformation explored in Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel, Orlando, the exhibition will feature photographs by eleven different artists. Find out more in The New York Times.
  • What does it mean to be a progressive prosecutor? Find out in California Sunday’s survey of former District Attorney and current California Senator Kamala Harris’ complicated career.

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Text: Emily May