Body Talk : Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists
49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France 30 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016
Left: Billie Zangewa, The Constant Gardener, 2014. Silk tapestry. Courtesy the artist, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg & Galerie Imane Farès, Paris. Right: Billie Zangewa, The Rebirth of the Black Venus, 2010. Silk tapestry. Private collection.
49 Nord 6 Est presents a new set of events bringing together different disciplines and points of view on women’s rights.
The status, identity, and visibility of bodies are at the heart of Body Talk, an exhibition curated by Koyo Kouoh, who is a key figure in the new artistic and critical landscape in Africa. Six renowned artists from the African continent offer their own visions of feminism, such as the reappropriation of the body by subverting the idea of woman as sex object; embodiment of historical figures; performative transformation that bridges traditions and modernity…
Debates, seminars, performances, and a writer’s residency by Peggy Pierrot set out to examine and account for the invisibility of being black in France, and more generally in Europe. This is a manifold and active combat aiming to give black bodies a place, a rightful place. And it’s about time!
A publication, featuring new essays by Eva Barois De Caevel, Ken Bugul, Frieda Ekotto, Alya Sebti and Koyo Kouoh, and designed by Rasmus Koch, has been co-published by 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine, Metz; Lunds Konsthall; and RAW Material Company, Dakar, with the support of Motto Distribution.