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Cut & Paste: Basil Kincaid seeks to connect African diaspora with paper, vinyl and adhesive

It's no stretch to think that Basil Kincaid’s efforts to unite people of African heritage require travel. But pre-paid phone cards, vinyl sheets and a strong adhesive are also part of the process.

Kincaid recently returned from the West African country of Ghana, where he used donated phone cards and other found materials in a village-wide art project. Now the results of that undertaking have come full circle, back to St. Louis, for an exhibition at The Luminary arts incubator, 2701 Cherokee St.

In our latest Cut & Paste podcast, we talk with Kincaid about the country he fell in love with and the project that joins two worlds together and promises to connect others.

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast:

  • On discarded materials reflecting our lives: “Waste is so interesting because it’s like a strange mirror.” Tweet #cutpastestl 
  • On how Ghanaians leapt at the chance to be part of his project: “If somebody in the neighborhood was like, ‘Hey, we’re doing this,’ people got on board.” Tweet #cutpastestl
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Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts, which focus on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

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