Where I Seek, I Find Myself is the title of the exhibition at MoCADA – Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. Curated by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and James E. Bartlettwhere, seven women photographers explore the concept of Home in the intimate space that is the gallery, including the 14-year old Fanta Diop who has investigated her family’s West African heritage.
“Home…Is it a building? A city? A state of mind?…”
Fanta Diop, Untitled, 2016. Installation image.
Hélène Amouzou, Autoportrait, 2009. Installation image.
Nina Robinson, Untitled, 2014.
Manyatsa Montamane, Diva, 2015.
Outside on the museum’s wall the artist Joana Choumali is exhibiting a selection of the photographic works Hââbrè, the last generation, a serie of portraits about the disappearing practice of scarification in the human skin. “Hââbré is the same word for writing/scarification in Kô language from Burkina Faso,” and the photo serie raise questions about link between past and present as well as the development of a tradition having a high social value in society to being something that excluded the ones with scarification in their faces. “They are slowly becoming the last generation of scarified african people, living in the same city/Abidjan. They are the last witnesses of an Africa of a bigone era.”
Joana Choumali, Hââbré, the last generation, 2013-2014.
And of course, diving into the museum shop…