Barbara Jones-Hogu

Barbara Jones-Hogu [1938–2017] was one of the co-founders of AFRICOBRA, the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. Through the collective, she learned to cite the political messages that were important to her and she frequently offered solutions. ⁣

Often, outside of an art book or exhibition catalogue, the theory behind an artist’s work is separated from the act of creating—more emphasis is placed on the finished object. ⁣

As an artist, thinking about what you want to say and why you want to say it, is just as important as the creation of the artwork. Viewers should understand that art is not apolitical, if a person created it there’s a narrative behind the work, whether it is spoken or unspoken. ⁣

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“Barbara Jones Hogu” Never The Same, Chicago, Jul 25, 2013.

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