The western art world is beginning to focus on contemporary female African artists and their creative expression. These artists analyze the complex notions of beauty and the feminine body through different media. Exploring issues of femininity, beauty, body, race, gender, submission, power and territory, their works range widely over an assortment of contemporary subjects.
These four female African artists are trying to take on the challenge of questioning their society and how they fit into this contemporary environment as women and artists, and how they relate themselves to the western world as Africans.
Their work explores the discourse between western women versus African women, male versus female, tradition versus modernity, and local versus global. The female artist in Africa is still secondary compared to her male counterparts. This inequality is exemplified by the low number of women participating in exhibitions and workshops.
These artists broke the barrier of the male-dominated art world, proving and celebrating the female artistic identity. They analyze the challenges faced by contemporary society without deference. They overturn preconceptions and taboo, they bring us into their intimate lives and they are not scared of revealing their and our darkest fears.
The Female Artists’ Platform in Lagos has been promoting and sustaining female African artists since 2008. Founded by the non-profit organization African Artists’ Foundation, it aims to draw attention to female artists and designers living and working in Africa, unearthing and developing new talents, introducing new art forms, and highlighting the diversity of women who are exploring ways to express themselves through visual art.
The Female Artists’ Platform program is designed to help, encourage, challenge and develop women interested in visual art, and to provide unimpeded opportunities for the expression of their perspectives and reactions. Click “Continue Reading” to see 4 Female African Contemporary Artists You Should Know