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LINA IRIS VIKTOR

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Lina Iris Viktor, the conceptual artist, performance artist and painter, lives and works between London and New York. Born to Liberian parents, she studied film at Sarah Lawrence College and photography and design at The School of Visual Arts. Viktor employs ancient and contemporary art practices, including gilding with 24 karat gold to create dark canvases that have “layers of light.”




Viktor has exhibited at Harvard University and engaged in panels at the institution, to name a few of her notable achievements.



She will debut a public, solo exhibition, 11 Meditations on Illumination, at New York University’s Kimmel Galleries in March and will be in conversation with New School professor and Sunu Journal creator, Amy Sall at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.



According to the artist, each work provokes “a philosophical commentary through material that at once addresses the infinite and the finite, immortality and mortality, the microcosm and macrocosm, in addition to the socio-political and historical preconceptions surrounding ‘blackness’ and its universal implications.”



-JO

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

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The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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