Keba Konte

Presenter at Saturday Night@CIIS

The work of celebrated photomontage artist Keba Armand Konte deeply reflects the worlds he lives in and journeys through. A child of the 60s, Konte grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district where he was immersed in a bohemian subculture that included Black Panthers and hippies.

Konte creates complex and layered historical narratives by combining photography with woodworking technique, a form that bears tangible witness to the influence of both his parents—his photographer mother and carpenter father.

In 2007, Konte exhibited 88 Pieces of Me at the California African-American Museum that included NOLA's Ark: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? followed by his 2008 exhibition, 888 Pieces of We: A Photo Memoir by Keba Konte, presented at the Oakland Art Gallery.

In addition to his gallery work, Konte’s photographs have been featured in Vibe, Rolling Stone and The Source, as well as on CD covers for notable Hip-Hop/R&B artists such as E-40, Goapele, Saul Williams, Master P, The Luniz, Saafir, The Coup and Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers.

Keba Armand Konte, Thomas Simpson, and Debby Kajiyama join Saturday Night@CIIS on October 10 for a panel discussion on Art and Community.