M Neelika Jayawardane

M Neelika Jayawardane is an Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is a founding member of the online magazine, Africa is a Country, where she was senior editor and contributor from 2010-2016. Among numerous published texts, Jayawardane recently contributed the main essay for the South Africa pavilion's 57th Venice Biennale catalogue, and essays for The Walther Collection’s publication (2017) and numerous other artists' catalogues. Her writing is featured in Transitions, Aperture, Contemporary&, Art South Africa, Contemporary Practices: Visual Art from the Middle East, Even, and Research in African Literatures. 


Black presences at the Venice Biennale

African art might not have had the money to book fancy pavilions but it left a powerful mark on the Venice Biennale.

George W Bush

George W Bush cannot hide his crimes behind paintings

The former US president's book of paintings depicting US soldiers is nothing more than an image reconstruction project.


Abstracting the savaged body of Emmett Till

Dana Schutz's painting Open Casket raises many questions about depiction of racial violence in contemporary US society.

Arts & Culture

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

Why African photographers don't get to tell African photo stories in Western media.