AV 23, artist commentary:
As I continue to research African culture I came across this article on ‘scarification’ (already given a negative name) there was this guy..
Mr. Mien Guemi; “I was a kid, but I still remember the wounds on me. When you didn’t have them, your friends would laugh at you, and put you aside. During wars, Mossie and Ko tribes would recognize each other, and therefore avoid killing each other. It was a way of recognition. When you would look for work, no one would ask you where you’re coming from… it is already done, and I like them. I cannot change. No need for an ID card, I already wear my identity on my face. This is the reason why people did it: to recognize one another. But now, this is over. We can no more be recognized.
Ms. K. Djeneba: “people find it pretty, but I think its ugly, we are not like others. in the past, when you had a smooth face, you were rejected! I used to like my scars; we used to brag about them. But now, in the city, it is definitely out of fashion. You are called names like ‘torn face’ and it hurts”
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