Dakar and Geneva united in a graffiti
The first stage of our long traverse on the subject of women* in the public space is the gigantic graffiti created by Zeinixx, Amikal and Nadia Seika, as part of the Semaine de l'égalité and of our 19th edition of the FIFDH. This fresco was painted live during the Festival and is now part of the life of the Hospital neighbourhood at Rue Emile-Yung.
Dieynaba Sidibé, alias Zeinixx, fights through graffiti, unless it's the other way around, graffitiing through her struggles, because intervening in the streets of Dakar where street art is first and foremost a men's affair is already a political act: she breaks "men's codes" and imposes her feminist demands.
Her coming to Geneva is also a story of friendship, because she encounters again Nadia Seika whom she met several times in Senegal, as an artistic partner. The latter explores gender issues through the portrayal of faces, especially those of women. This translates on walls as large portraits of personalities known for their commitment to equality, decolonisation or anti-racism. Amikal, the third artist, proposes brightly coloured works that begin a story and whose messages emerge in a subversive way, in a style closer to the manga tradition.
To go further:
- A Dakar, sous les graffitis, la colère, Le Temps, March 8 2021
- Zeinixx: "Le graffiti est l'art le plus expressif, engagé et revendicateur", Femina.ch, March 9 2021
- Zeinixx: "We have the right to fall, but the obligation to stand back up", Geneva Solutions, March 9 2021
- Que veut la jeunesse sénégalaise ? Zeinixx graffeuse témoigne, TV5 Monde, March 9 2021
- Un graff pour symboliser la place de la femme, Leman Bleu, March 11 2021
- Street Art féministe et plus encore dans les rues de Genève grâce au FIFDH 2021, EuroNews, March 12 2021
- From Dakar to Geneva, Women Conquer the Public Space, Africa News, March 16 2021