M Neelika Jayawardane

M Neelika Jayawardane

M Neelika Jayawardane is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, and a Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD), University of Johannesburg (South Africa). She is a recipient of the 2018 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for a book project on the Afrapix, a South African photographers' agency that operated during the last decade of apartheid. She is a founding member of the online magazine, Africa is a Country. Along with academic publications, her writing is featured in Transition, Aperture, Contemporary&, Contemporary Practices: Visual Art from the Middle East, and Even Magazine.

Art

Theft or artistic prerogative?

Do well-known artists have a right to appropriate other people's photographs to make 'art'?

Theft or artistic prerogative?

Arts & Culture

Gender-based violence and art in the #MeToo era

What is an art institution's responsibility when one of its 'star' artists is violent towards women?

Gender-based violence and art in the #MeToo era

Arts & Culture

Saying goodbye to South Africa's legendary David Goldblatt

Goldblatt will be remembered as a mentor, a teacher and above all, the founder of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg.

Saying goodbye to South Africa's legendary David Goldblatt

Art

Art does not need another hero

This year's Berlin Biennale poses important questions about otherness, power, violence and patriarchy.

Art does not need another hero

Africa

Who gets to picture and narrate Africa?

African photographers are still struggling with exclusion and marginalisation by major press organisations.

Who gets to picture and narrate Africa?

Immigration

The very American myth of 'exceptional immigrants'

It is time for more privileged immigrants in the US to stop seeing themselves as more deserving than others.

The very American myth of 'exceptional immigrants'

Guantanamo Bay

The Guantanamo art that makes Washington nervous

Art created by Guantanamo detainees made it outside the walls of their prison. And there was a backlash.

The Guantanamo art that makes Washington nervous

Africa

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.

Black presences at 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.

George W Bush cannot hide his crimes behind paintings

Racism

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.

Abstracting the savaged body of Emmett Till

Arts & Culture

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

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

The problem with photojournalism and Africa