Arewa, Me Too

Curated by Favour Ritaro

Judith Daduut, We are Here Untamed, 2020
  • Online: 
    starting February 5, 2022
    Opening: Sat, Feb 5, 15:00

    On view at
    21 Malam Isa Hassan Road,
    Unguwan Dosa,
    Kaduna, Nigeria
    10:00 - 15:00, Mon. - Fri.
    February 5 - March 5, 2022
Gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security, and autonomy of its victims, yet in many parts of the world it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Combining the local term for northern Nigeria (Arewa), and the global hashtag-turned-social-movement against sexual violence (#MeToo), Arewa, Me Too is an exhibition highlighting the gravity of domestic and gender-based violence in this region. Featuring photography, painting, and film by Nigerian women artists, the exhibition dialogues with current realities and examines the future of a generation threatened by policies that restrict freedom.

Martha Panshak Dasat's photography series is a symbolic representation of gendered violence and repression (genital mutilation, forced marriage, child marriage), its intersection with culture, and its physical and psychological effects on women and girls. Maryam Umar Maigida's paintings challenge stereotypes about women, especially the notions that certain trades are for men only, and that women who venture into them are bound to fail. Halima Abubakar's photographs revise the perception of the role and contributions of women in society. Judith Daduut's short film, Rufe Kai, which is translated as "cover up," is a unique exploration of bodies and textiles that counters the idea that clothing has anything to do with assault.

  • artists:
    Halima Abubakar
    Judith Daduut
    Martha Panshak Dasat
    Maryam Umar Maigida
Favour Ritaro is a Nigerian curator based in Lagos, Nigeria. A 2019 fellow and member of the Association of Art Museum Curators in New York, her research and curatorial practice takes a critical view of issues surrounding identity representation and nationhood, gender and sexuality.

Special thanks to the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation for use of the exhibition space.

Halima Abubakar

Judith Daduut

Martha Panshak Dasat

Maryam Umar Maigida

Judith Daduut and Martha Panshak Dasat

Judith Daduut and Martha Panshak Dasat, Rufe Kai, 2021, Digital video, 2:46 min

Install Images

Brochure Images

Halima Abubakar, Antithesis (Patterns series), 2019

Halima Abubakar, Red Herring (Patterns series), 2019

Judith Daduut, Pulsating the Silence I, Photography, Dimension Varies, 2021

Judith Daduut, Pulsating the Silence II, Photography, Dimension Varies, 2021

Martha Panshak Dasat, Our Wedding Night (Endangered Gender series), 2021

Martha Panshak Dasat, The Bride (Endangered Gender series), 2021

Maryam Umar Maigida, In the Absence of Humanity I, Acrylic on Canvas, 5ft x 4ft, 2021

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.