Signare #1, Ile de Gorée, 2011
23 5/16 x 17 ¾ inches
Edition of 10
Retail framed: $2,300
© Fabrice Monteiro and courtesy M.I.A Gallery, Seattle
Fabrice Monteiro is an emerging artist practicing photojournalism, fashion photography, and portraiture. Born to a Beninese father and a Belgian mother, his was a multi-cultural childhood, which informs his unique signature style revolving around his passion for the people of his country. He is based in Dakar.
His photographs are corporeal, melding environment and beauty with a profound awareness of the physicality of his subjects. This piece is from his series “Signares;” Signare was the word used to describe French-African women of the island of Gorée in French Senegal during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These women held power in networks of trade and wealth.