Woman Go No´Gree: Colonialism and White Feminism in West Africa
With her project Woman Go No´Gree Gloria Oyarzabal asks, “Can we assume social relations in all societies are organized around biological sexual differences?” Oyarzabal tackles this question by exploring colonialism and white feminism in West Africa through the use of found imagery, archives, and her own photography. Inspired by the texts of Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí and Ifi Amadiume, Oyarzabal raises questions about the effects of the Western framework of gender and feminism, but not without addressing her own whiteness and privilege—implicating herself in bold green text on the front cover.
"Empires by their very nature," says Oyarzabal, "embody and formalize difference, both between metropolis/colony and colonial subjects. Imperial imaginary floods popular culture. Gender categories were one kind of bio-logic “new tradition” European colonialism institutionalized in most of African cultures.