Fertile offerings / Metallic print 

Exhausting / Metallic print 33x22 

Masquerade lies / Metallic print 33x22

Stolen identities / Metallic print 33x22

Flambouyant burdens / Metallic print 33x22

My masculine / Metallic print 33x22

Suffocated destinies / Metallic print 33x22 

Loosing myself / Metallic print 30x30

Mother never told me any different / Metallic print

The impact of / Metallic print 40x30

In 2016 a work colleague told me her story of female genitalia mutilation and how the cultural practice created a lasting psychological and physical impact on her life. In her story she detailed how she was cut at the age of 14 and how most women of her age from Somalia are cut as a normal occurrence. I started my research and exploration into an aspect of African culture I was unaware of.

This led to creating the work 'Conversations' which was a set of conceptual images about violence against women and its intersection with African culture. As I discovered these aspects of my heritage I became aware of the lasting impact of a patriarchal system that uses culture as a tool to ensure its durability, by suppressing female expression and sexuality. In the images, I use plants and flowers as symbolic expressions of culture, representing beauty, fragility and destructive power, likened by the role of culture in male dominated societies. In the images I created symbolic representations of physical and psychological effects of these violent practices of female genitalia mutilation, breast ironing, child marriage, sex slavery. The work was completed in 2018.
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