These Black women are most probably gone, but Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle doesn't want them to be lost by their community.
We are all worried about Black and Latino girls considered “critically missing” in Washington, D.C. but for Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle it all has started years ago. Hinkle is using has used her artistic talent to depict the bodies and lives of Black women who have gone missing, and whose stories have been erased.
At an exhibition at California African-American Museum, titled “The Evanesced,” the are 100 drawings, which Hinkle calls “un-portraits.” The concept formed in Hinkles head after she heard about the case of Lonnie Franklin Jr., also known as the “Grim Sleeper,” a serial killer convicted of killing at least 10 Black women in the Los Angeles area between 1985 and 2007.
“Police are still trying to identify what happened to them,” Hinkle said. “I started thinking about what it means to be erased in a contemporary context,” Hinkle said. “What does it mean to emerge from this kind of erasure?”
“It’s about this idea they are shrouded in erasure,” Hinkle added. “These cases, we don’t talk about them, or we focus on the killers. But these women, these presences, are more than that.”
Lot’s of Black women have gone missing, hundreds, thousands of them… and we must be aware and alerted every single day because otherwise, their tragedies will go unnoticed.