The Art

Kenya

Title

Semblance of Freedom

Technique

Acrylics paint, spray paint and thread on canvas

Size

102 x 84 cm

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Artist Statement

From the moment of birth, women often face relentless scrutiny and objectification. Simultaneously, commodified and reduced to mere objects for evaluation as a result, effectively limiting our ability to move through the world authentically.

Equal opportunity, in my view, transcends workplace equality and fair compensation – it encompasses the fundamental freedom to exercise agency over our own bodies. In my painting, I envision a dystopian world where the figures are liberated from these oppressive constraints, free to navigate the world as they choose.

Through the language of dance, they express their innermost selves. It was imperative to use this form of expression because it centers the body, symbolizing the reclamation of women's bodies from the political weaponization we have endured for centuries.

The painting highlights the need for a society where women can exist as we please, unburdened by the constraints of antiquated feminine Ideologies of beauty, motherhood, passivity, domesticity and chastity, that have hindered our advancement for far too long. "I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."

About The Artist

Taabu Munyoki

Taabu E Munyoki is a contemporary artist who uses a diverse range of media including paint, sculptural forms, ink pastels and digital art to explore social issues, as well as the dynamics of human relationships, of self and of the environment. Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Taabu received her formal education at Kenyatta University where she studied art and design.

While in school, she took part in several competitions, including the Manjano art competition in Nairobi, Kenya, where she placed 2nd in the Student category in 2018 and 3rd in 2019. In 2018 she was part of a select group that participated in a showcase, Early 21st century young African Artists at the Saatchi Gallery in London, after taking part in the MASK Prize annual show of the same year. In September 2019 she took part in the Nafasi Art Residency program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Orkedi residency program in Nanyuki, Kenya 2023.

Select shows include: ● 2022 Shifting Tides, Kobo Trust, Nairobi ● 2021 Various Small Fires, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi ● 2021 Concordant Conveyances, Mitochondria Gallery, Houston ● 2021 Manjano Exhibition, Alliance Française, Nairobi ● 2019 Form Exhibition, One off Gallery, Nairobi Taabu's work is characterized by its bold use of color and form, as well as its engagement with social and political issues.

She is particularly interested in exploring themes of identity, race, gender, and sexuality, and often draws on her personal experiences to inform their art. Through their work, Taabu seeks to challenge conventional notions of beauty and form, and provoke thought and discussion about the complex social and political issues that shape our world.

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The Process

The Interview

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