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

Body Talk : Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists 

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!

Artists: Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Marcia Kure, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, Valérie Oka, Tracey Rose, Billie Zangewa

Curator: Koyo Kouoh, assisted by Eva Barois De Caevel (RAW Material Company, Dakar)


October 19 – Seminar: “Art féministe, féminismes dans l’art”
With Frieda Ekotto, Pascale Obolo, Peggy Pierrot, Po B. K. Lomami; Moderator: Vanina Géré

October 29, 7–9pm, – Opening: Performance by Miriam Syowia Kyambi: Fracture(i)

November 8 – Performance: Quartiers Libres, Nadia Beugré, choregraph and performer

November 21 – Talk: “La tentation du Lisse,” Eliane Eock Laïfa, anthropologist

November 24 – Reading: Le Fond des choses, Léonora Miano, author and Atsama Lafosse, actress

November 26 – Screening: L’homme qui répare les femmes: la Colère d’Hippocrate, documentary by Colette Braeckman & Thierry Michel (2015)

More information available on our website: www.fraclorraine.org


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.

To order this book, please contact us: info@fraclorraine.org

Exhibition initiated by WIELS, Brussels (Belgium) in coproduction with 49 Nord 6 Est, Metz (France) & Lunds konsthall, Lund (Sweden)

49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine
1 Bis Rue Trinitaires
57000 Metz



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