Arewa, Me Too

curated by Favour Ritaro

Daduut Judith, We are Here Untamed, 2020
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  • Artists:
    Halima Abubakar
    Judith Daduut
    Martha Panshak Dasat
    Maryam Umar Maigida
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.
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.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Buhl 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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.