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Haimbe empowers women digitally

14 May 2014, 15:28Obidike Okafor

Dakar - Zambian artist, Milumbe Haimbe adds 15 digital illustrations to the creative feast of the biennale, in her presentation she applies a background of painting to a newer media.

Haimbe’s concern with the representation of cultural minorities is the main focus of her illustrations which is presented as graphic novel titled Ananiya the Revolutionist.

Haimbe uses her work to highlight a lack of leading female heroes in popular media.

The proganist, Ananiya, is a seventeen year-old black female who works as an agent in the Covert Operations Division of the resistance movement. The resistance group calls fights against the replacement for the need of female humans, after the government introduces sex robots

Ananiya leads the “Army for the Restoration of Womanhood” in the (near) future, a group that represents a fight against  stereotyping women, while also addressing the issues surrounding sexuality.

The heroine, Ananiya begins to have feelings of affection towards one of the female robots, complicating her function within the resistance movement, making clear the struggle between internal and external conflicts.

Ananiya grapples with social conformity by being a part of the “Army for the Restoration of Womanhood”, but she must also confront her own emotions when they do not match with the social expectations of this resistance group, which she leads.

Haimbe admits that it is the first time she is showing her works in a big art event in Africa, and is glad that the Biennale provides the opportunity for her to position her talent on the continent.

Though she complained about the flow of information at the Biennale, the 40 year old artist finds time to appreciate the diversity of works showing in Dakar.

Haimbe has gotten big ideas from coming to the biannual festival, as she reveals, that 3D animation, and 2D model sequencing are at the top of her agenda after one encounter with the Dakar Biennale.

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