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Unspeakable Series

Sana Musasama's avatar Sana Musasama

My recent work seeks to speak out about the various systems that deny women the right to free expression and to a full reflection of their lives and bodies. "Unspeakable Series" is a collection of ceramic mixed media pieces that arose from my experience while living in Mendeland, Sierra Leone. There were these young girls, ages ten to fifteen, who would visit my hut every day. They taught me formal greetings (in Mende), how to sit like a Mende woman, how to cook on three rocks and wash my clothes in the river. Suddenly, one morning there were no young girls in the village. They returned thirteen weeks later changed. They no longer had the sparkle of wonderment in their eyes; they weren't silly young girls any longer. They didn't want to have anything to do with me, I could not understand, I did not know why. I know now, they had been circumcised.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: ~3.5
  • Medium: Ceramic, Mixed Media
  • Width: ~2.5
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: ~3.5