Museum of Injury || 2021 || Riot Material || Web
On the canon, orality, Taoism, liberation, Museums as the physicalization of how we narrate the world, etc
Photography as Bildungsroman ||2020|| Riot Material || Web
//The texts have value because the inner evolution of the soul has value, and these are the questions Eskenazi is really asking, in and of the world. The books document how his work worked on him; how implicit biases woven into initial questions can be untangled through the response if the seeker is slow and permeable enough…//
All in and out of Time || 2020 || The Common || Web
//This is a story about stacked tenses. It is an essay about the present tense: a now that is continually layered with what is coming and what is going, what is half buried, and what may bear fruit.
It is about seeing more than is comprehensible and learning to make sense of it. It’s about the dance between receptivity and agency. It’s about history in the present, clairvoyance, and freedom…//
//We must live in the world that we want to create for all of us. Spread it outward from the strength of our center. This too, is what this interior time offers us. Time to consider our structures, to see the ways they are not serving us, and realign them to allow us all to be our full selves everywhere…//
//Embedded in the concept of “development” is the idea of a trajectory with an agreed upon destination. Development projects, with their imagined futures, promote ahistorical narratives in which the implied modernity of a new construction transforms a space construed as archaic. But everywhere exists at once. Each place has a history as deep as any other, a series of happenings over centuries.//
Transcript and slides of a talk given at Haverford College on foreign reporting as an extractive industry, dismantling false hierarchies in knowledge and ways of telling, and avant-garde thinkers and makers working on expansive and nonviolent story telling.
Asmara with the Luminaries || Asmara || 2019 || WePresent || WEB
On love songs, luminosity, endurance, liberation.
Associations D’Élegance||Kinshasa||2019||Berlin Quarterly||PDF
On types of power, dust, l’invisible, colonialism, capitalism, sex work and intuition. Shortlisted for the Stack Magazines 2019 Best Original Non-Fiction Award.
On intimacies, portraiture and reverence.
Space For My Thoughts To Fly ||Nigeria||2018||Guernica||WEB
On Lagos, on my apartment, on nomadism, toxicity, and the question of home.
On knockoff designer designers. A kaleidoscopic exploration of urbanity, of a city stacked with universes, and all the places that exist in one. It is about the worlds we construct from our respective vantage points and everywhere layered into everywhere, as twisting and sprawling as Versage prints. Winner of the Stack Magazines 2018 Best Original Non-Fiction Award.
We Are All Sentimental || Dakar || 2017 || Nataal ||WEB
On Joël Andrianomearisoa, love, and Revue Noire, a monumental art magazine from the 90s.
Streets of Goma||Democratic Republic of Congo||2018||The Common|| WEB
Tussling with the violence of journalism and flat narratives for reality; seeking truth and photographing feelings.
Things Fall Apart||Lagos||2018||The Atavist||WEB
A feat of elegant design wowed elite architects and promised to bring education to poor children in Nigeria. Then it collapsed. This story explores the widening gap between truth and gloss and the social splintering that underpinned the structure’s physical erosion. It is also about lies in all their shapes, the myths we tell to make this painful world more palatable, and the ethics of experimentation and representation. It’s about greyness and complexity and argues that while there are heroic and generous actions, there are no pure heroes (or villains). Longlisted for the One World Media Popular Feature award 2019.
Paris is Burning Goes Global||Paris||2019||The New York Times||WEB
On liberation, self expression, and voguing.
“Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood,” – Henry Miller
Transcript of a talk given at Haverford College reflecting on journalism; the violence of formulaic, western-centered narratives when documenting elsewhere; and attempts to broaden conceptions of truth.
Why Infanticide is a Problem in Senegal ||Senegal||2018||NPR||WEB
This piece is on empathy, mostly. Also on isolation, shame, paranoia, trauma. I wrote on impossible pregnancies, victim-perpetrators and infanticide in Senegal.
On Alara || Nigeria|| 2017 || Moon Man Magazine || Text
An Essay on the Alara store designed by David Adjaye in Lagos, and on desperately needed bombastic self love; regal, radical architecture; itchy ascension and uneasy inequalities.
Redemption Camp || Nigeria || 2017 || Goethe Institute, Hotspots Lagos || WEB
On solitude en masse, sacred spaces and human divinity.
Fools Gold: On Oil and its Discontents || Nigeria || 2015 || Institute of Current World Affairs || WEB
On slippery borders, friendly smugglers, secret scars, lotteries, motorcycles, artificial scarcities, legitimate hoarding, and decayed wales.
Perilous Delivery: Inside India’s Maternal Health Care Crisis || India || June 2014 || The Los Angeles Review of Books || WEB
A Profile of Malti Devi, the birth czar of small town Bihar, India.
India’s Other Sexual Violence || February 2013 || The Atlantic|| WEB
Women in India face violence throughout their reproductive lives. In light of recent high profile rape cases, a look at violence against women and maternal mortality.