Through the Eyes of Nigerian Artists confronting FGM. An Exhibition at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Godfrey Williams-Okorodus. "The Queue" [at a VVF clinic]. Watercolor. 1998.

Godfrey Williams-Okorodus. “The Queue” [at a VVF clinic]. 1998.

The United Nations declared 23 May the Day to End Obstetric Fistula (A/RES/67/147), a devastating side effect of FGM, “one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth. [It] is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder or rectum caused by prolonged, obstructed labour without treatment” [www.un.org/en/events/endfistuladay/].

Artist Godfrey Williams-Okorodus evokes the search for therapy in “The Queue,” among eighty paintings expressing aspects of female genital mutilation committed to canvas when a travelling exhibition, conceived by Joy Keshi Walker, was first displayed in Lagos in October 1998.

The International Gender Studies Centre, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, with support from Oxford without Cutting and 28 Too Many, is hosting twenty of these artworks from 6th to 16th June 2016 in the Jerwood Room, welcoming viewers weekdays from noon until 6 p.m.

Vernissage 6th June 6 p.m. with Godfrey Williams-Okorodus, artist and curator; Hibo Wardere, author and educator; Holger Postulart and Elisabeth Wilson, the Global Alliance against FGM (Geneva); Maggie O’Kane, award-winning head of the Guardian Global Campaign to End FGM; Naomi Rosen, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship recipient, and Kaddy Touray  (Oxford against Cutting)

Finissage 16th June 6 p.m. with Comfort Momoh MBE, FGM specialist midwife; Hilary Burrage, author; Nolan Victory, Equalities, Diversity & Human Rights Manager, London North West Healthcare NHS; Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE, Rights in Exile Legal Aid; Dr Sharon Dixon, Donnington Medical Partnership in Oxford;  Dr Maria Jaschok, Director, IGS, and Fatou Ceesay.

Curator: Dr Tobe Levin von Gleichen. Historical exhibition curated by Joy Keshi Walker in Lagos and sponsored from 2000-2006 by FORWARD-Germany.

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2 responses to “Through the Eyes of Nigerian Artists confronting FGM. An Exhibition at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

  1. Harminder ( Meena )

    Godfrey,Brother I am going to try my best to be there.What a remarkable work you are doing as an Artist ( spreading the Message through your art ) against FGM.

  2. Pingback: Art As Activism: Through the Eyes of Nigerian Artists Confronting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) | Hilary Burrage

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