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I asked the writers gathered in this section to choose a photograph and write a narrative based on it. How they defined narrative was up to them; they could borrow from any genre, including biography, history, memoir, and the news. I wanted to bring to fore the idea that a critic is, in the best sense, also a storyteller.
Sixty years have passed since Uche Okeke wrote Natural Synthesis. Debates surrounding the manifestos influencewho is right to be named a member of the group, which younger artists are favored descendants, etc.eclipse, to my mind, a greater dilemma. That is, are the opportunities for synthesis as available to artists today as they were to their forebears? What can be said of the resources available right now for those who wish to model their practice after the idea of a natural synthesis?