Inspired By Carrie Mae Weems : Creation & The Power of Self-Portraiture
Self-Portraiture is a soul-versation about being an African woman, who born and bred on the continent, has temporarily or permanently moved abroad to pursue her studies at an elite institution. She is a cultured, exposed, sophisticated, enlightened and empowered Afropolitan yet she must prove her self-worth in this differently-demanding environment.
How does a body like hers that speaks volumes before she says a word, negotiate the razor-sharp contours of what it means to be an African woman? How is her body constructed in memory and art history in a race- and gender-charged global environment? How is it to be deconstructed and reassembled? How can photography and self-representation be redemptive of this blurred and bleak image of African womanhood?
I began to ask these questions this past semester when I took an Art History tutorial called Writing About Bodies with Professor Carol Ockman (She is a rare gem!). I am in the final semester of a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, so this was an experience in uncomfortable and unconventional learning. I encountered the work of Carrie Mae Weems and my life was changed!
*** Yes, I am really geeky, I LOVE school! ***
The focus of this part of my blog shall be on my artistic and creative endeavors in representing living bodies and objects, bodies that were once alive, and bodies that move and perform.
What after all, does it mean to be AFRICAN and WOMAN?
To lots of musings together!
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