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Tuna Kiwango? Series

(Part of the ‘Representation’ Collection)​

2022, digital photomontage, 420 x 297 mm
(Tuna Kiwango?: ‘Do we have standards?’ in Swahili)
The works in this series strive to reveal the individuals hidden behind the headlines about/from Africa. I have meticulously crafted newspaper covers that superimpose masks over portraits of African women, captured by exceptional African photographers. These covers feature six thought-provoking articles that aim to illuminate, critique, and educate on different aspects of the continent. They shed light on crucial topics that have been deliberately overlooked or distorted by much of the world when it comes to our narrative.

The ‘Representation’ collection draws inspiration from the quote, “The worth of their lives is measured by headlines,” whose origin remains unknown. This quote resonates with me as I recognise how the media often perpetuates bias by focusing on a single narrative for certain groups of people. Through this collection, I aim to shed light on the overlooked aspects of misrepresented individuals and their stories, offering a fresh perspective that challenges prevailing stereotypes.

tuna kiwango? 1
tuna kiwango? 1 (Text used look at the themes of African-food, nature, technology, music, afrofuturism and fashion) (image used: Untitled, 1962 by Malick Sidibé - Mali/Galerie Magnin-A, Paris)
tuna kiwango? 2
Tuna Kiwango? 2 (Text used look at the themes of African- queerness, poverty, religion, weddings, corruption and infrastructure) (image used: Young Wife and Mother, 1983 by Rachidi Bissiriou-Benin)
tuna kiwango? 3
Tuna Kiwango? 3 (Text used look at the themes of African-polyandry, Chinese relations, geography, dancing, healthcare and funerals) (image used: La Jeune Malienne, 1970 by Sory Sanlé-Burkina Faso)
tuna kiwango? 4
Tuna Kiwango? 4 (Text used look at the themes of African-languages, wars and conflict, entrepreneurship, women in politics, stolen art and film) (image used: Susane Adoun, Administrator of the then Sub-prefecture, 1973 by Rachidi Bissiriou - Benin)
tuna kiwango? 5
Tuna Kiwango? 5 (Text used look at the themes of African-art, diaspora, tribes, trade, renewable energy and education) (image used: Belle de Jour, 1975 by Sory Sanlé - Burkina Faso)
tuna kiwango? 6
Tuna Kiwango? 6 (Text used look at the themes of African-sports, minerals, sex and relationships, taxes, architecture and parenting) (image used by Malick Sidibé-Mali)

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