© Anna Nunes 2024
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).
Since 2023, Anna has been focusing on a project, in which she exposes the consequences and aftermath of the colonial past in gender inequality. For research she travelled to São Tôme (West-Africa). The Dutch and Portuguese played a major role in the island’s colonisation and slave trade. By focusing on São Tôme, Anna wants to address a bigger picture of Dutch colonial history. Not just the painful influences in Suriname, the Dutch Caribbean and Indonesia, but also in all the other areas we rarely hear about, but the Dutch possessed power over.
In São Tôme, Anna resided with NGOs working against the deprived position of women. She supported their activities and gained insight into the everyday implications of the colonial past in the reality of Santomean women. Back in her studio, she translates the knowledge gained into drawings and paintings. Beyond the current reality, Nunes paints the world she longs to see. A world that is free and safe, one in which (Santomean) girls and women are at liberty to be themselves.