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Everlyn Nicodemus

Born, 1954 in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Everlyn Nicodemus is a Tanzania-born artist, writer, and independent scholar. She earned a doctorate from Middlesex University, London. She was born in 1954 in, Tanzania. Within 20 years she began a series of periods residing in different parts of Europe, beginning with Sweden 1973-87, France 1987-88, Belgium 1988-2008, Scotland, United Kingdom from 2008 to the present.

Nicodemus contributed a substantial essay, Routes to Independence, to the catalogue for Routes, an exhibition of sculptures, paintings and drawings by Godfried Donkor, Juginder Lamba, Hew Locke, Johannes Phokela and Frances Richardson, curated by Rose Issa. The exhibition took place at Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Precise dates were not given in this catalogue, but the exhibition took place 22 January - 26 March 1999. The exhibition was dedicated to Philip L. Ravenhill, chief curator of the National Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, who had died unexpectedly in 1997 at his home in Washington DC. He was 52.

The exhibition’s full title/sub title was Routes: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbour’s Idols. According to the catalogue’s introduction by Issa, the Routes exhibition was held to “reveal some of the complexities, contradictions, and opportunities that emerge from a cross cultural society, and unsettles many assumptions about ‘black art’ “. Nicodemus opens her essay with, “To inscribe on a globe the tracks of migratory birds and the routes of migratory birds and the routes of migratory humans would nullify the graphics of borderlines and nationalities and introduce another order, not necessarily less defined and fateful, but ‘other’.

Nicodemus’s work was discussed and illustrated in Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers, one of four books in a series titled Annotating Art’s Histories, jointly published by The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts and iniva the Institute of International Visual Arts, London, published in 2008 and edited by Kobena Mercer. The chapter relating to Nicodemus was Diaspora, Trauma and the Poetics of Remembrance, by Jean Fisher

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