As part of Zeitz MOCAAâ€™s commitment to education and access for all, artist and social activist Owanto will be discussing her piece La Jeune Fille Ã la Fleur (Flowers II), included in the inaugural exhibition All things being equal…
Owantoâ€™s Flower series brings to light the complex issues surrounding Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Â This event is in acknowledge the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, commemorated on 6 February 2018. The artist’s presence in the gallery will give visitors the opportunity to ask her questions pertaining to the work.
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This tour will take place on 4, 5, 7 and 8 February 2018 at 1 PM – 1:30 PM. Meet in the BMW Atrium bowl on level -1.
This experience is open to the public and free with museum admission. Please note: The audio contains sensitive information. Adult discretion is advised.
Owanto is a multi-cultural Gabonese artist. Owanto grew up in Gabon, where she spent her formative years, and eventually moved to Europe where she studied Philosophy, Literature and Languages at the Institut Catholique de Paris in Madrid. She now lives between Europe, Africa, and the United States.
Owanto has been working on her art for over 30 years and has taken a multidisciplinary approach in her creative process and works across a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance. Her work aims to be a voice of African women in the arts. Owanto had the honour of representing the Republic of Gabon at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2009, with a solo show in the first-ever Pavillon du Gabon, curated by Fernando FrancÃ©s, Director of CAC Malaga, Spain. She was the first artist from sub-Saharan Africa to have a solo exhibition in a National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Image courtesy of Owanto Studio.