Saturday, May 21, 2016
Priscilla Frank - Modern African Women Don Their Ancestors’ Clothing
“Resilience is the ability to return to the original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity,” photographer Joana Choumali told The Huffington Post.”The ability to recover readily from adversity.” This idea of strength in plasticity is at the core of Choumali’s photography series “Resilients.” The concept was inspired by her grandmother, who passed away two years ago. The artist realized upon her grandmother’s passing just how much of her story had gone with her. She resolved to embark on a project that would document young, contemporary African women and their relationships to past generations.
Through the photos, Choumali hoped to convey that the past is never truly lost. “I was hoping to convey the fact that African women mutate through the generations while remaining anchored to their roots and traditions, able to remain true to themselves, just like the earth from which they came,” she said. “Elasticity that turns into resilience.”...