December 10, 2018

Lola Keyezua, Floating Nightmares

10 December marks Human Rights Day. This year is the seventieth anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with forty-eight states in favour. In recognition of this important and progressive moment in history and as a reminder us of the work still to be done, this striking image is by thirty-year-old, Angola-based Lola Keyezua, whose past works have tackled female genital mutilation and disability (her late father lost both his legs to diabetes). In this image from her Floating Nightmares series, a commission for BredaPhoto, she constructs photographs to speak about human trafficking and the refugee crisis, particularly from Africa to Europe, envisioned as modern-day slavery, where bodies are treated as viruses, in a near-future dystopia. An interview with the artist on the series can be seen here.

 

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