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Author: Tandazani Dhlakama

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Owanto’s Flower Series


In her Flowers Series, Gabonese artist Owanto reminds us of how the colonial lens could sometimes go as far as invading vulnerable moments during a female initiate ceremony. One imagines a stranger looking on, into an age-old ritual and capturing private moments created to define womanhood. One wonders if that gaze leaves its own kind of mark, a scar that deeply diminishes the girls’ dignity.

Tandazani Dhlakama on the Flowers Series of the Gabonese artist Owano

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