The Cross Examination

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle


"The Cross Examination" is an endurance time based performance piece that interdisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle revisited from 2010 in which she performed a piece called "How Long Can I Keep My Mouth Wide Open Like A Beast?" In light of the George Zimmerman trail verdict Hinkle saw fit to re-perform the piece in order to make a silent/scream/protest about the policing of the black body historically and within our present time. Hinkle also conjures up the haunting and inhumane examination of slaves on auction blocks who were forced to open their mouths so that potential buyers could examine their health and worth. Although the video was created in 2014 months before the murder of Micheal Brown, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland's wrongful arrest and untimely death while in police custody, this piece still speaks volumes to the hyper-visibility and hyper-invisibility of the black body. Through the usage of the artist's body as a black woman she creates a space to challenge presence and what it means to navigate dangerous geographies as a target of misconception and pre-conceived notions.

Art from
Kenyatta's sketchbook

First Image: "The Necromancer"
Second Image: "Mumbo Jumbo"
Third Image: "Pangea"
Fourth Image: "A Confession"

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer. Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Project Row Houses in Houston, TX; and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Artforum, and the New York Times. She has won numerous awards and fellowships, is a recent recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists, and was recently a Fulbright Fellow conducting research for The Kentifrica Project in Lagos, Nigeria. She is represented by Jenkins Johnson Gallery.