Kimathi Donkor’s solo exhibition at Rivington Place, including new works commissioned by Iniva, celebrates the lives of exemplary figures from African Diaspora history as well as those who have suffered at the hands of the authorities. Donkor’s paintings are unashamedly affirmative and political, recounting insurgencies against slavery and colonial rule as well as present day injustices. In terms of their medium and genre they are unusual in the context of current art—Donkor makes large scale figurative oil paintings which explore the genre of history painting and set this category to work in ways that undermine its underlying ideology.
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