East African women’s narratives of awareness


L’AQUILA – The exhibition of works by contemporary artists from East Africa, supported by Soroptimist International of L’Aquila, can still be visited today, 23 June 2024, in the winter garden of the Regional Council.

The opening event, introduced by the president of the Soroptimist Club L’Aquila, Nora Concordia, was animated by Flavia Stara and Giuseppe Capriotti of the University of Macerata and by Aleksandra Lukaszewicz of the Academy of Art of Szczecin (Poland) who illustrated an international research project.

Also present was the national vice-president of Soroptimist International, Tunia Gentili.

The aim of the project was to investigate contemporary art in Europe and Africa and the forms of artistic education in both continents, supporting the development of intercultural dialogue, the empowerment of local communities, the conservation of cultural heritage and the development cultural especially in the coastal region of Kenya.

The project also investigated the role of contemporary African art on a global level by placing it in relation to Western art and local contexts.

As explained by Aleksandra Lukaszewicz, it is very common for African artists to not have a formal university education but gain their experience through artistic residencies around the world.

In L’Aquila, in particular, a selection of works by contemporary artists from East Africa who have managed to establish themselves in traditionally male expressive contexts is on display, using pictorial language as a tool for building renewed paths of gender identity and emancipation social.

Different pictorial techniques used by the artists on display to illustrate the awareness of African women between tradition and emancipation.


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