Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Invited Artists: Khalfani Ra

K. Khalfani Ra – Post White: the end of HIStory, Fukuyama’s Failure – for Yosef ben-Jochannan (n.d.)

Khalfani Ra‘s work is on view in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28.

K. Khalfani Ra was born in 1958, in Kingston, Jamaica. He was educated at the Jamaica School of Art where he received a Diploma in painting, 1983 and spent a year in Zimbabwe on a Commonwealth Fellowship. Ra has been a regular exhibitor locally and overseas: recent shows include Infinite Island (2007) at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Biennial 2014 at the NGJ. In 2004, Ra received a Purchase Award in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s National Biennial. His work tends to be provocative, targeting issues of the perception of blackness, sexuality and religion, and attacking the creolization of the Jamaican narrative. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica