“Ekpuk describes the composition as a divine embrace, but the arms could be read as a crowded space of containment, like a refugee camp or border wall. The empty zeros might exude the banal homogeneity of power.”

Read the review of Ekpuk’s mural in the new African galleries at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and some of my conversation with the artist, at Indy Week.

Victor Ekpuk’s chalk mural “Divinity” at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Photo by Ben McKeown.