Barka, 'Orange is the new Black', 2016, Mixed media on glass, 53 x 45 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Mikael Andersen
Barka, 'Orange is the new Black', 2016, Mixed media on glass, 53 x 45 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Mikael Andersen 

Barka’s current practice focuses on documenting the Black experience within the contemporary urban landscape. Painting directly onto glass windows of found origin, he explores how the very frames and fittings testify to the lived London experience, making the windows a view into a present future. Drawing from daily observations, Barka’s paintings work as social commentary, focusing on themes of gentrification, the individual and the urban experience, as well as deeply rooted questions about Afro-Caribbean identity and concepts like Afropolitanism.

Barka graduated from the University of Arts, London and his work has been exhibited in Australia, Kenya, the USA, and Denmark.