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Martina Bacigalupo: Umumalayika
I heard about Francine’s story over a year ago, while working in Burundi. In 2005 her brother in law hacked off both her arms with a machete. Assisted in every way possible, this young woman now lives far away from her daughter, Bella, who studies in the south of the country. They see each other whenever possible.
My work traces this relationship where mother and child continuously swap their roles. Bella takes care of Francine as if she was the mother, and then again the child, and then again the mother. The roles reverse and overlap.
We heal and are healed, we protect and are protected, we nourish and are nourished.
I tell the story of a woman and a relationship, which her story, and ours.
Umumalayika took form also through to the eye of Magule Wango, artist from Mozambique who met Francine and enriched the work with collages, drawings and paintings.
Did you ever hear about the difficulty of a Black model succeding in the fashion industry of recent years? Did you ever hear about anything like that?Uh no, I actually didn’t know how hard it was because you know I watched all the interviews with Naomi Campbell and stuff like that. And they asked the same question and she was just like, “It is hard being a Black model knowing that you’re not gonna get a job but you still have to be out there.” And in Australia too, when I go casting, they ask me “Why did your agency send you here and I’m like because this is casting and they just go “We don’t work with Black models.”
They say that when you go casting in Australia?
Yeah, like the big names. They’ll be like “We don’t work with Black models, so, sorry. Sorry they have to send you all the way here.” And I’m just like ‘No it’s okay, thank you for letting me know.” So yeah, it is hard being a Black model because it’s just impossible but at the same time I don’t wanna think about it as impossible. I want to think about it as possible because we can turn the impossible into possible!
Ajak Deng interviewed by Bethann Hardison