Women in all different ages used to enjoy a very particular status and frequently still do so in village societies. The new exhibition highlights the astonishing diversity of these female depictions through nearly one hundred and fifty works.
Produced almost by male artists the works show us the importance of the woman and in particular sublimate pregnancy and motherhood. Motherhood is the main theme of female depictions in the African arts. Maturity and the menopause allow women at long last to enter the sphere of authority and decision-making reserved to men.
Also shown in the exhibition are the photographs by Angèle Etoundi Essamba
October 10th 2008 – July 12th 2009
Her work is mainly inspired by her African heritage, and black women constitute the central element in this process of exploration.
„Photography is for me a need, the need to express and to communicate.As long as the need will exist, I will create.”
Angèle Etoundi Essamba
Musée Dapper, 35 bis, rue Paul Valéry, 75016 Paris, M° Victor Hugo or Charles de Gaulle-Etoile