Visual · June 24, 2018
In the summer of 2017, after spending time with the Maasai of the Enguila village in Monduli'Juu, Tanzania and going on safari several times, I began drawing correlations between the Maasai tribe and lion prides. In such a carefully preserved culture, I wondered about the possibility of young Maasai girls who are often married young, sometimes between the ages of 10-12yrs old, gaining ownership over their bodies and having access to education while still preserving Maasai culture. Images in the media of the Maasai, typically show the men at the forefront of the culture, jumping and singing in ceremonial dances. However, the women are the pillars of Maasai culture, and without them, little to anything would get done. Similarly, in a lion pride, the female lioness does much of the work only to endure a life of tirelessness and much heartache that is inherent in the structure of the pride. Pride reflects my observations, albeit through a small lens into a bigger world.
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Antoinette is an emerging visual artist who uses mixed media (video + photography) to document the themes of character and cultural identity through the stories of the marginalized communities of the world. Antoinette has spent the last 12 years traveling with the intention of visiting people and places she knows most would overlook, to get to the beauty of these untold stories and inspire others to go where they never thought they’d end up. Her unwavering journey to uncovering the best parts of society always lead her to the 'crust,' a metaphor she uses to describe the marginalized people of society, as those who get pushed to the side, forgotten about or thrown away, when their culture is the best part.