Joana Choumali – ‘Resilients’

Joana Choumali’s series ‘Resilients’ – black women portraits in their inherited grandeur.

Dressed with their mothers’ and grandmothers’ ornamented clothing, they reveal legacy, inheritance. The lineage is continuous. Resilient is a force drawing strength from the Earth.

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Joana Choumali – Resilients

 

RESILIENTS
(by Joana Choumali)

O Resilient
O Abyssinian Woman, O Black Woman
Her skin of shades that a sun-zenith shimmers
With incandescent kisses is the flame
Of her negritude revealed with glows…
Her skin crepuscle gleams
Her skin, of honey-dew nights,
Studded with eloquent tones
O Cinnabar Amaranth
O Abyssinian Helianthus

O Resilient
O Ethiopic Woman, O Black Woman,
Her lips Mangoustan, Fruits of Miracle,
Tell the fierce crimson of her mystery
And the fire of the souls incarnated in her flesh
In her flesh draped with richly coloured cloths
With the richly coloured cloths of her lost memories
Of her lost memories that she needs to be woven
O Blazing Flower-Chili
O Ethiopian Woman-Curcuma

O Resilient
O African Woman, O Black Woman
Dressed in the sets of the foremother, of the mother
Is inhabited with spirits aged of centenaries
Her face-halo, then, of Ivorian Aphrodite
Gives her appearances of a Uranian statue
An angel-sphinx, a venus-pity
Who plunges her eyes of Oracle into eternity
Bravery. As a Nubian Pythia, she is transfigured
Of the City Spirit exorcised, at last she is rooted…
O Mambo, O Prophetess

O Resilient
O Slender Massai, O Callipygian Hottentot
O Ebony Korê in her matrilineal ornaments
A sculptural bronze, a chiselled jewel
O Queen of Humility
O Emperess of Posterity
O Resilients…
O Idiosyncrasies…