All posts by Rosalie van Deursen

Rehema Chachage

The intimacy and harshness of African women’s rituals

For the young Tanzanian multimedia artist Rehema Chachage, her own intimate stories and experiences of being a woman in Africa form a rich source of inspiration and living together with her two-year old daughter, her mother and grandmother gives her the chance to explore traditional cultural and religious rituals. Rehema is fascinated by the origin and meaning of African rituals related to womanhood. She uses video and sculptural installations in order to question and critically analyse such universal themes as identity, gender, rootedness and inheritance in patriarchal societies.

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Kine Aw

Universe of Women

“I am a woman, I am an artist and it is beautiful!”  Kine Aw is one of the few female Senegalese visual artists. She works with paint on large canvases and creates her perception of reality which consists of the universe of women in the Sahel: round shapes, beauty, tradition versus modernity, themes inspired by her own life as a woman.

Kine Aw
Kine Aw

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Tamrat Gezahegn

No Judgements 

Handstand on the street

Tamrat Gezahegn

“Sometimes I see a place that is perfect for a short unplanned performance. I can do a handstand or crazy posture for a while on the street. It’s the same as a beautiful car on the street, people will look, it distracts and people wake up from their daily reality. Or if a naked person from an indigenous tribe covered with body paint walked through the city. It would attract a lot of attention: positive or negative! People tend to judge and I want to be free from judgments and not think or act in limitations, borders or divisions. Life is global and until people understand this, life is challenging.” Tamrat works as a performance artist but also as a painter. As an artist his aim is to distort reality and to wake people up. Continue reading Tamrat Gezahegn

John Kamicha

Breaking taboos

John Kamicha on his bike in Nairobi
John Kamicha on his bike in Nairobi

“I don’t like people who agree with me!” Discussing, questioning and experimenting are second nature to John Kamicha. As a visual artist he loves to experiment with materials, techniques and content. “I have a very free spirit and without experimenting and questioning things in life I get bored.” Continue reading John Kamicha