Chibok Girls

Chibok Girls is developing series of works that address the 2014 abduction of 276 Nigerian girls from the village known as Chibok. To that end, Chibok Girls will number 276 works upon completion. Each work will speak to an aspect of the girls’ lives. The series, collectively, seeks to tell the story of these girls, but also the larger narrative of black girl subjectivity. Most importantly, this series shows the amazing beauty and resilience that these and so many other young women around the world demonstrate in times of great pain and challenge.

These works address a range of concepts that surround this tragic event in the lives of these girls, including their identities as political pawns, their facelessness in the public sphere (we tend to treat them as a collection of girls, and not as individuals), and the implementation of social media as a way to protest their abduction (the Twitter and Facebook battle cry #BringBackOurGirls, for example), but also the increased notoriety of the Boko Haram terrorist organization, that has come as a direct result of the attention that social media has given to their unthinkable crimes. This project seeks to deal with the different layers surrounding the girls’ abduction, by using my own imagined representation of the girls themselves.

The series has slowly developed since 2014, but I am still rather uncertain about the final appearance of the collection. Right now, the series is segmented into different “chapters,” each dealing with different aspects of this story, and each being created with different mediums. As a result, the series as a collection does not appear very cohesive. My hope is that as the series grows, the “chapters” will begin to make increasing sense, one with the next, to deliver an accurate depiction of this recent historical atrocity, and both document and celebrate the courage of the Chibok heroines.

Chibok Girls

Chibok Girls is developing series of works that address the 2014 abduction of 276 Nigerian girls from the village known as Chibok. To that end, Chibok Girls will number 276 works upon completion. Each work will speak to an aspect of the girls’ lives. The series, collectively, seeks to tell the story of these girls, but also the larger narrative of black girl subjectivity.

Most importantly, this series shows the amazing beauty and resilience that these and so many other young women around the world demonstrate in times of great pain and challenge.

These works address a range of concepts that surround this tragic event in the lives of these girls, including their identities as political pawns, their facelessness in the public sphere (we tend to treat them as a collection of girls, and not as individuals), and the implementation of social media as a way to protest their abduction (the Twitter and Facebook battle cry #BringBackOurGirls, for example), but also the increased notoriety of the Boko Haram terrorist organization, that has come as a direct result of the attention that social media has given to their unthinkable crimes. This project seeks to deal with the different layers surrounding the girls’ abduction, by using my own imagined representation of the girls themselves.

The series has slowly developed since 2014, but I am still rather uncertain about the final appearance of the collection. Right now, the series is segmented into different “chapters,” each dealing with different aspects of this story, and each being created with different mediums. As a result, the series as a collection does not appear very cohesive. My hope is that as the series grows, the “chapters” will begin to make increasing sense, one with the next, to deliver an accurate depiction of this recent historical atrocity, and both document and celebrate the courage of the Chibok heroines.