Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists
We hope everyone is doing good? The year started on a very good note for us, with my first performance in February at WIELS.
By a curious coincidence, upon my arrival in Brussels for this Installation & Performance; I met a woman on the train who had been beaten up by a group of men. One fake nail was gone, her first finger was swollen and bent, when she lifted her shirt there were small blood stains on her white tank top, the side of her rib cage was bruised. She was crying, her phone was out of charge. It was a harsh reminder for me that we are abused emotionally and physically all over the world.
I found this experience a poignant reminder of the kind of energy I needed to place into my performance.
It’s a great honour to be part of this exhibition, working along side these brilliant artists. My experience has been like a gathering of power; spending time with strong minded and supportive women gives me a lot of inner strength and courage to continue with my artistic journey – to continue building the hard work. Work that make me look at things that are not pretty – work that asks my audience to endure pain with me – to join me in an acknowledgement of an ugly past and a present situation of containment, of what one should be like, how society expects me to be, expects us women to be.
This exhibition makes me reflect on reparations, what work has been done and all the repair which still remains to be unfolded.
It encourages me to open myself up to self-discovery and acceptance and forces me to push myself to become multi strategic with my efforts.
The exhibition is on till the 3rd of May and will travel to Lunds Konsthall -Sweden in summer and to Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Lorraine, Metz, France in fall.
With Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Marcia Kure, Valérie Oka, Tracey Rose and Billie Zangewa Curated by Koyo Kouoh
More information at WIELS