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This body of work is a work-in progress to re-introduce and open up conversations about other forms of existing within the body other than the binary (male and female) in Ghana. It explores this through African spirituality and Ghana’s pre-colonial history. In the Dagara community amongst the people of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, within African spirituality women perform certain rituals in order to build their masculine energy. It is believed that both women and men must work on balancing their sexual energies – when one gender’s energy becomes more powerful than the other, it causes an imbalance within their community. During the ritual, the women dress up as men with beards and mustaches and perform the warrior dance that young men learn as they are being initiated into manhood. The ‘female father’ known as the ‘puré’ ensures that the masculine energy is built. Everything about her carries a masculine energy – from her physical features to the tone of her voice. She is usually mistaken for a man.
Photography:Manipulated on Paper
Artist Produced Limited Edition of:5
Size:24 W x 30 H x 1 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
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Ngminvielu Kuuire is a Ghanaian photographer and a digital artist living and practicing in Accra, Ghana. She is inspired by her everyday life and uses her personal experiences of existing as a woman who is ‘different’ _to interrogate and explore established social systems within the Ghanaian context. She was awarded the Portraits Ghana Photography Prize in 2017, organised by the Embassy of Netherlands in Ghana and Nuku Studio. In 2018, her work was shortlisted as one of the top 10 finalist in Ghana for the Kuenyehia Art Prize for contemporary artists. In 2020, she co-created and digitally designed artworks with the Afuabe collective that have been painted on major roads and highways in Accra-Ghana
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