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Artist statement

Àfrica Ollé is a multidisciplinary artist. Their practice spans a range of media including performance, sculpture, photography, installation art, poetry and essay.

The main subjects Ollé explores within their works are: discrimination, gender inequality, gender issues, intersectional feminism, patriarchy, ableism, racism, LGBTQ+ issues, intersection of identities and the full set of -isms and their role in the system of hierarchies.

Ollé’s practice is rooted in research, enquiry, self-reflection and critique. Understanding how the effects of social, cultural and institutionalized conditioning affect our perception and judgement through information or therefore lack of. Ollé aims through their art practice and research to question what is given and look for what is not seen. To understand their own privilege, dismantle hierarchies. To be an ally. To never stop questioning and educating one-self.

Very often Ollé’s art pieces emerge from personal experiences which then get decontextualized into broader issues as well as their ongoing research.

‘These processes arise from a feeling, a need for expression, a call for change, the necessity to express unconformity with the system, to level hierarchies, break with the established canon, and the urgency to create a platform for the people whose voices aren’t heard because of discrimination or because they are excluded from the master narratives’.

2021 by Àfrica Ollé