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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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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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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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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.

Mavis Tauzeni portrait

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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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.

Nkuly Sibeko

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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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.

Philiswa Lila

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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Prina Shah (b. 1973, Kenya)

complexities of cultural identity, meditation, scribing on canvas

Prina Shah's work embraces the complexities of cultural identity. Her fascination with the meaning of ‘self’ within a cultural context pushes her to explore what it means to be an African-Indian artist in an intricate and varied societal environment.

She uses meditation as the inspiration of her work, scribing musings onto the canvas, and inviting each person to share part of that reflective, visual journey of what it means to be one among many.

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