DAWAMU: A Menstrual Rebirth
‘Dawamu’ translates from Swahili to ‘Forever’.
Forever has it been since the Black woman has been oppressed by her government; the legislation hardly works to her favour.
Forever it has been since the Ministry of Health sidelined Menstrual Health Management and Reproductive Health with delay and procrastination.
However, Forever will the Black woman bloom, grow and shine regardless of her struggle, exertion and petition from the domineering overseeing male gaze.
MremboSafi’s work calls to attention the importance of artistic expression, collaboration and altruism to women’s health and wellbeing, both for the artists and observers.
Working with outstanding collaborators who include Kenyan-born artists: Bazil Ngode on Digital Art and Post-Editing Ivy Gathii & Anthony Muisyo on Photography, Ondi Madete as the muse and Wachera Njagi as Art Director, DAWAMU is a portraiture series of the Black woman declaring her liberation and championship in a culture which concots for her toil, strain and lack of essential resources.
MremboSafi’s artistic debut on work that cultures care to the Black woman aims to explore cultural taboos paraded in menstruation healthcare. DAWAMU is an artistic series that air-dries the importance of Menstrual Health Management education access in Kenya and Africa as a whole.
Courtesy of Kuona Trust, the DAWAMU series was exhibited for the public at the 2016 Kenya Art Fair in Nairobi, Kenya.
Title — Damu Daima Dawamu
Media — Digital Art
Ondi Madete — Muse/Model
Ivy Gathii — Photographer
Anthony Muisyo — Photographer
Bazil Ngode — Visual Artist
Wachera Njagi — Art director