Maria Pia Bernardoni,
"To me, Joana Choumali’s canvases are like visual poems, suggesting images more than showing them, making you feel and not only see. “Alba’hian” is a project that speaks directly to the observer’s sub...
Joana Choumali (b. 1974, CI) uses tactile media such as embroidery to bring additional layers of time to her mixed media photographic work. This approach sits alongside the artist’s more traditional photographic portraits and documentary series. The slow, meditative act of embroidery allows the artist to explore connections between people and the landscape, building a practise that focuses on community and identity as well as the larger issues of migration, social justice, and histories of Africa that inform them. Choumali is the first African to win the prestigious Prix Pictet photography award.