SCARRED by Mãe Africa© is a public exhibition showcasing ethnic groups across Africa and their respective displays of cultural identity through body art. The aim is to educate and raise awareness on the origin and impact of ancient cultural practices, some of which are still in existence and most of which are vanishing. In addition to exhibited works, a body painting booth and a panel discussion, a documentary preview featuring specialist interviews will be screened.
SCARRED holds both historical and social significance. Beyond documenting traditional expressions and preserving in history the values that inspired and informed them, SCARRED will provide a platform to share experiences on the stigma surrounding bearers of ancient cultural expressions of beauty, identity and spirituality, specifically tribal markings. The opinions from our spotlight discussions are the maker’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Mãe Africa.
Award winning visual artists: Nadine Ibrahim, Trevor Cole, Eric Lafforgue and a dynamic group of vibrant talents including Hannah Longole and Anibal Bueno.
Nadine Ibrahim is a 25-year-old filmmaker based in Nigeria. She has one goal – To tell compelling stories visually, imprinting her creative mark on each project she works on. Coming from a multi-cultural background, she has an international outlook, which has provided her with a vast knowledge of culture and media representations. She thinks up unique ways to execute the simplest and most complex ideas. Nadine has worked on a number of media projects including her Award winning Short ‘Through her eyes’ which tells the story of a young northern girl affected by terrorism in Nigeria. She also Produced and Directed ‘Tolu’ a short film about breaking gender stereotypes in Nigeria. She also directed the viral sensation ‘I am not corrupt’ which addresses the corruption in Nigeria. Nadine Has been featured on a number of blogs and
newspapers nationwide including TheNet.ng, Guardian newspaper, TSN and was listed as one out of three young Nigerian filmmakers to look out for in Internationally acclaimed Film website Indiewire shadow and act. Nadine’s latest project is ‘Marked’ the documentary. ‘Marked’ is a 20-minute documentary that explores the different cultures in Nigeria and their reasons behind scarification. Traveling through 20 states in Nigeria, Nadine documented the reasons behind markings and how they intertwine with identity, Beauty and culture. The documentary has a 3-part structure which will gain different perspectives into the topic of markings, highlighting key areas such as National Cohesion, cultural conflict, self-worth, cultural representation, health laws and many other current topics of discussion relating to the Marks. For more information please visit :
“To capture people and landscapes and the interactions between them in the light of a world in transition is to encapsulate an inimitable moment, which will never again materialize”. That’s Trevor’s take as a geographer photographer!
Born in the City of Derry, but Trevor Cole has lived most of his life outside the bounds of Ireland; in England, Singapore, Togo, Italy, Ethiopia and Brazil. He returned to Ireland (Donegal) in 2012. His photography, together with travel, have become two of his life’s passions. Trevor Cole’s photography focuses predominantly on culture and landscapes; images which reflect a spatial and temporal journey through life and which try to convey a need to live in a more sustainable world. He seeks the moment and the light in whatever context he finds himself and endeavours to use his photographic acumen to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Trevor leads small photo tours in his own Donegal’ and Ireland but also to other destinations. He lived in Ethiopia from 2006-2010 and since then has returned to take photographers to the Western and Eastern Omo, Harar, the Danakil desert and the highlands of Ethiopia. Additionally, Trevor Cole takes photo tours to Iceland, Namibia, India as well as travelling on his own to discover and capture in new locations. For more on his tours, visit:
Eric Lafforgue is an award-winning photographer capturing portraits and landscapes from across the globe while sharing travel stories which positively highlight cultural diversity. His works have been featured in the National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Lonely Planet, Times, Grands Reportages and several media outlets. Lafforgue’s work on Papua New Guinea tribes was exhibited at the famous festival "VISA Pour l'Image in Perpignan", in France.
Lafforgue is a member of the Hans Lucas studio.
Journalist, Photographer and Videographer.
Born in Karamoja,Uganda,East Africa , Hannah Longole has earned herself a reputation as the first female Karamojong Broadcasting Journalist, Photographer and Videographer.
After completing a degree in mass communication, Hannah started working at one of the leading Televisions stations in the country. She is the founder of ‘Ateker Cultural Center’ (ACC), established as a local indigenous cultural organization in Karamoja,Uganda. ACC is committed to broadcasting the Original Heritage of Ateker communities Africa. The work of ACC is focused on promoting the sharing and celebration of positive pastoralist’s and Agro Pastoralists traditional values and cultures in the Horn of Africa – among the Karamojong of Uganda, Turkana of Kenya, Toposa and jie of South Sudan, Nyangatom of Ethiopia and pastoralists groups in Africa.
Besides her work as Communication and Information Officer for a different organisation and government, Hannah continues to document major events in and across borders as a pastoralists Photographer videographer.
Anibal Bueno is a travel journalist focused on photojournalism and documentary reporting with a special interest in cultures and tradition across the African continent. His training is eminently scientific, being a Senior Computer Engineer and PhD in Biology. His passion for traveling and studying various cultures across the African continent has led him to combine the analytical and scientific vision of the cultures with the need for adventures, giving him a very personal anthropological perspective, which he tries to convey in his works. Anibal has been working as a travel guide since 2012. In 2015 he founded his own adventure travel agency to take people to exclusive and remote places, in a work focused on the exploration, documentation and conservation of vanishing cultures.
Laurence Sessou also known as 'Moniasse' is a bodywork therapist, aromatherapist, and an artist muse, and has been practicing for over 14 years. She is the founder of Azoouiwa, a platform that champions the work of women activists, healers and creatives. Laurence's tattooing journey started when she was 30, and she has since broken the ground as one of the few black women with tattoos and scarifications in the modelling industry. She has been featured in Stylist Magazine, Urban Ink, Things and Ink and BBC 3.
Laurence's tattoos and scarifications are a representation of her spiritual breakthroughs, expressing a celebration of her life and spiritual path.
Laurence is a French national with roots in the Republic of Benin, and lives in London. Her grandfather was a chief and spiritual healer in Comè, Benin. Both of her grandmothers were initiated high priestesses and dancers in the voodoo tradition
Body Art Professional
Ryan Ouellette is an American body art professional with twenty years of experience. Mainly working as a body piercer Ryan has offered safety and technique training throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Ryan began offering scarification in 2001 and has since been recognized as one of the world's elite practitioners and has performed scarification in countries around the world including Japan, Germany, and the UK. His work has been published in the pages of multiple body art magazines as well as on the National Geographic website. In 2013 Ryan presented his TED talk "the Intentional Scar" at a TEDx event for New England college. From 2008 to the present year Ryan Ouellette has offered scarification lectures and training workshops for other body art professionals at the Body Modification Exchange Network conference in Germany. For more info you can visit his website at www.precisionbodyarts.com/scarification or search "ryanpba" on social media.
Feminist activist and writer
Dr. Toyin Ajao Is a Nigerian, a feminist activist, writer, researcher, teacher, creative healing facilitator and new media and conflict transformation expert at Afrolick Wellness. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where she was also a lecturer of International Relations. She is an alumna and an associate of the Africa Leadership Centre (ALC) King’s College, London. She completed an ALC prestigious Women Peace and Security Fellowship and a Master’s in Conflict Security and Development at King’s College London. An award-winning international blogger, Dr. Ajao has her Bachelor’s from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dr. Ajao is a former doctoral grantee of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa, Andrew Melon Foundation and the ALC. Her research foci from multi-disciplinary lens include posthuman security, African peace mechanisms, cultures
of peace, conflict transformation, new media technology, visionary feminism and sexual rights. Dr. Ajao has been published in the reputable Matatu Journal, and online platforms such as Kujenga Amani, African Studies Association and Pambazuka. She is a board member of various progressive organisations in Africa including Visionspring Initiatives, and Equality Triangle Initiative. She is currently the Coordinator of the ALC Alumni Association.
Anyango Mpinga Is a Kenyan Eco Innovator who has embraced the principles of circular fashion to explore radical systems in textile design and promote conscious consumption of apparel and accessories. She founded her eponymous brand in 2015 and is renowned for her reimagined white shirts; bold prints; silhouettes balanced between androgyny and a bohemian aesthetic. she designs with an ethereal quality that is reminiscent of the romantic Victorian age while maintaining a sophisticated boyish edge. Her influential work has earned her a number of fashion industry accolades and awards.
She is an activist and the Founder of Free As A Human, a fashion initiative working to raise awareness around human trafficking and the forced labour that occurs within the fashion industry supply chain; Garnering Support from notables such as Gloria Steinem. Her Brand, which is committed to Impact- Investing supports the work of Awareness Against Human Trafficking (Haart Kenya), donating profits from sales to their shelter for young female survivors of trafficking.
Painter, Art critic and an Ethno-aesthetician
Dr. Chuu Kryzd Ikwuemesi is a painter, art critic, ethno-aesthetician with a BA (First Class Honours) in Fine and Applied Arts (1992), an MFA in Painting (1999) and a PhD in Art History (2014) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Dr. Ikwuemesi is the founder of the Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA) and Emeritus President of The Art Republic. He has researched and published on aspects of Igbo and Ainu (aboriginal Japanese) art. He was a visiting professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan in 2008 and was a Japan Foundation Fellow in Hokkaido in 2009. Dr. Ikwuemesi is a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies African Humanities Programme and a senior research fellow of the IFRA- Nigeria. A polyvalent artist of superlative merit, he is currently an associate professor, Department of Fine and Applies Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and co-ordinator of the Death Studies Association of Nigeria.
Makeup artist,Creative Director and Photographer
Nallah Balassama Sangaré
A creative in the Fashion, Beauty & Art industry, Nallah is a Makeup artist, Hair Designer, Stylist, Creative Director and Photographer. With a background in International Business, her career took a turn toward the Beauty & Fashion Industry where she has now worked with prestigious brands including Givenchy and MAC Cosmetics.
With a global career across Europe and Africa, Nallah has worked as an International Makeup Trainer in several countries on the African continent, including participation at Fashions Shows and African Festivals such as Mercedes Bens Fashion Week Cape Town & Johannesburg, FIMA (NIGER), African Collection (Cameroun), Fashion & Design Week (Gabon), Nigerian Next Super Model & GTBank Fashion Week (Nigeria), TRIBAL Chic Fashion Show (Kenya)... An interview clip of Nallah talking to the BBC can be viewed here:
SCARRED by Mãe-Africa
Exhibition Preview, Documentary screening and Reception
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SCARRED by Mãe-Africa
SCARRED by Mãe-Africa