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Maggy Dago (b. 1987, Ivory Coast/France)

feminism, afro-feminism, photography, gender equality

 

Maggy Dago is a photographer and feminist activist from Ivory Coast, living in France since the age of 16.

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Sheila Nakitende (b. 1983, Uganda)

womanhood, installation art, performance art, barkcloth, weaving

Sheila Nakitende is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice focuses on womanhood experiences that include nurturing, preserving our aesthetics, material culture and methodological history

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Patti Endo (b. 1997, Kenya)

drawings, minimalism, portraits, intimate

Patti Endo’s drawings are intimate, shameless, exploratory and sensual, allowing the viewer to look inside themselves, to reconsider the stereotypes of those around them, to remind us of the brevity of youth, beauty and life itself, to challenge modes of perceptions of reality, and to question where in fact our very identity lies and how it is constructed.

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Willys Kezi Niangi (DRC)

Mixed media, paper bags, cardboard, luxury, seduction, neo-colonialism

Willys Kezi is a visual artist born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2008, she graduated in Plastic Arts and Painting from the Kinshasa Academy of Fine Arts.

Her work is an exploration of the power of visual form, joyful chromatic improvisation and the triumphant beauty of female bodies. Through her drawings on paper bags, as well as her larger-scale works, the artist questions the clichés conveyed about women by social networks. Hashtags, luxury brands, jewelry and sexualized bodies collide like statements about consumerism and imposed standards.

 

 

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Sheila Bayley (b. 1986, Kenya)

psychology, identity, city scapes, conceptual figuration

Sheila Bayley (b. 1986) is a self-taught Kenyan contemporary artist, based in Nairobi. Her style is easily recognisable for its vibrant patterns, distinct black lines, and conceptual figurative forms. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she explores the balance between nature-nurture, and how it determines human behavior.

 

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Dr Gindi (b. 1965, Egypt/ Germany)

sculptures, bronze, human suffering, transcendence of spirit

All of Dr Gindi’s figures arise from a primordial pile of wax or clay then survive the purgatory of the kiln to contain multiple dualisms. They are each mental and physical, hard and soft, sorrowful and celebratory. They have accepted their fate, embraced that the universe is complicated. For Dr Gindi, the crux of the human condition can be found at this crossroads and the embattled quest to break through this great barrier to realize our greater spiritual potential.

 

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Mauricette Djengue (b. 1997, Benin)

argile, condition humaine, portraits de femmes

Mauricette Djengue is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Cotonou in Benin.

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Anastasie Langu Lawinner (b.1992, Democratic Republic of Congo)

photography, therapy, post colonialism, mask, identity

Anastasie Langu Lawinner is a professional Congolese artist photographer

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Amy Celestina (b. 1988, Senegal)

collage, mixed media, time, travel, evolution

Amy Celestina Ndione is a Senegalese visual artist who graduated from the National School of Arts in Dakar. She blends painting, collage of recycled materials and sewing as a touch of femininity, to create a singular universe inspired by reality.

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Theresah Ankomah (b. 1989, Ghana)

installations, sculpture, weaving, photography, basketry, consumerism, geopolitics, gender, identity, capitalism

Theresah Ankomah’s work explores the intricacies of weaving and the complexities of ‘craft’ in relation to trade. She examines how underpinning issues of geopolitics, gender and capitalism resonate in the everyday usage of materials and objects.

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Agnes Waruguru (b. 1994, Kenya)

everyday materials, traditional cultural identifiers, women's practices, nature, abstract

Agnes Waruguru’s work ranges from painting, drawing, printmaking, needlework and installation
The materiality of objects in space is at the core of her explorations, which are intimately rooted in personal identity politics, often referencing women’s practices and traditional cultural identifiers.
Her work makes use of repetitive, iterative acts of creation and mark making – crocheting, knitting, sewing, and embroidery – whose nature marks the passing of time.

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Nadia Wamunyu (b. 1993, Kenya)

Aquarel, figurative, African women

Nadia Wamunyu's blue haired figures reflect deeply on our humanity and vulnerability. Born out of a desire to paint a bolder and self-confident image of herself, Nadia's art is also a reference to the "Black Lives Matter" movement against racial injustice, in that it exaggerates the stereotypes around black women’s bodies.

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Mavis Tauzeni (b. 1985, Zimbabwe)

women's lives, new generation, print, multi-media, semi-abstract

Mavis Tauzeni  constantly reflects on the mutable relationship between a woman, her potential and her actual in daily life and through the life cycle. With quiet confidence and gentle poetry, Tauzeni asserts the right of the new generation of women in Zimbabwe to claim a place in their society on their own terms.

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Lea Shabat

Nature, ecology, social justice, semi-abstract, naïve

Lea Shabat was born in Morocco, raised her children in Canada and lives now in Israel.

Lea's passion has always been painting and her themes are of nature, ecology and social justice.
She is a passionate advocate of human rights and womens’ rights in particular.

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Boitumelo Diseko (b. 1996, South Africa)

landscapes and memory, environmental psychology, South Africa, semi-abstract, contour lines

Boitumelo Diseko is seized by environmental psychology, i.e. the interplay between human beings and their environment, and how it imprints itself on history and art. She draws inspiration from faith, history, societal events, as well as empathy.

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Philiswa Lila (b. 1988, South Africa)

South Africa, memory histories, collective frameworks of culture, authorship and agency, abstract

Philiswa Lila explores the physical, mental and spiritual spaces held close by her personal experiences. She portrays the pages of an empty family photo album, thereby attending to recollection, interpreting the symbolic narrative of remembrance, and piecing together memories.

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Nkuly Sibeko (b. 1991, South Africa)

surreal, phantasy, collage, South Africa, Soweto School of Art, violence against women

Nkuly Sibeko inherited the talent of her father, late Peter Sibekoof Soweto school of art. Nkuly nevertheless had to fight against gender stereotypes and assert her own style of painting. She creates colorful phantasy figures on canvas, and uses magazine clippings to evoke her dreams of a better world for the young generation.

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Kidist Hailu Degaffe (b. 1969, Ethiopia/ Switzerland)

endurance art, women and children, tenacity, migration, intercultural exchange, integration

Kidist Hailu Degaffe explores her existence through self-portraits, reflecting on her status as a woman, an artist, and a migrant.

Kidist’s “endurance art” implies that all human beings possess the intrinsic power of resilience, however grim the obstacles they have or will face.

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