The coloniality of gender

In societies that were colonised, you find influences of colonisation reflected in gender. In these communities, colonialism shaped a violent masculinity, which is expressed in the power men still have over women's lives (Brazilian Journal of African Studies, 2020).

To delve deeper into the implications of the colonial past in gender inequality, Anna Nunes travelled to São Tôme. An island deeply influenced by Dutch-Portuguese colonialism. The Dutch slavery past extends far beyond Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean. Nunes seeks to highlight this.
In São Tôme, Nunes stayed in residency with SOMA, an NGO working against the deprived position of women. During the artist-in-residency, Nunes assisted in SOMA's activities and gained insight into the everyday consequences of the slavery past in the reality of girls and women. In numerous drawings, she incorporates the knowledge, insights and experiences gained and makes the vulnerable situation of women visible to a spectator. Besides the current reality, she sulpts and paints the world she longs to see. A world that is free and safe, one in which girls and women are at liberty to be themselves. In this, Nunes explores her role as a woman, the meaning of a naked female body and the choices you make when you feel free and safe.