To kick off February and Black History Month, we want to share the incredible work of French artist, YZ! YZ has been hard at work on her recent project, entitled Amazone, in the Western African country of Senegal. The project is centered around the historical importance of the powerful, intellectual, and vigilant women of the area during 19th Century French colonization struggles. These freedom fighting women, called the Dahomey Amazons, were central in African resistance during the French-Dahomey War. Using historical photographs of the Amazon women from the era, YZ prints out the images on large-format paper and wheatpastes them on walls and structures across Senegal.
“I want to show warriors from ancient times; revolutionists, anti-colonialists, intellectual women who have written the story of Africa. We need figures to be proud of our roots, to keep fighting for our rights, and to write the story of tomorrow.” – YZ
Paring an image with a wall has allowed YZ to meet many hardworking women around Senegal today. Through her Amazone project, YZ is hoping to share an often untold story of the these courageous women from history, while linking their stories to the roles of modern Senegalese women today. Be sure to check out YZ’s incredible ongoing project in Senegal and her other projects!
(all photos courtesy © YZ)