‘To Sleep’ from ‘The Binding’
Christine Dixie, 2009
Film still from ‘Beatrice and Virgil’
Berry Bickle, 2013
Hell was the most popular category among artists in the show. “60 to 65 percent of the artists wanted to be in hell,” Njami says. Zimbabwean artist Berry Bickle’s contribution — a video loop on two screens — features the characters who helped guide Dante through hell in “Inferno”: Beatrice, a woman Dante was obsessed with for most of his life, and the Roman poet Virgil. Dressed in traditional Zimbabwean attire, Beatrice is a ghost-like presence, while Virgil guides viewers through the hellish history of Zimbabwe.
‘The 99 Series’
Aida Muluneh, 2013
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW; through Aug. 2, free.
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