Lecture 012 Reading – Afrofemcentrism and Its Fruition in the Art of Elizabeth Catlett and Faith
Ringgold (Frieda High W. Tesfagiorgis)
- Black women artists of today project a state of consciousness that asserts their race, sex,
and artistic ability, the 3 major entities of their existence which direct their lives and work.
- Article focuses on the black woman subject as depicted by the black woman artist, exploring
the distinct manner in which the latter envisions and presents black women’s realities.
- The term “Afrofemcentrism” applies to an Afro-female-centred worldview and its artistic
o Gives primacy to black-female conscious-assertiveness by centralizing and enlarging
intrinsic values, and as a result liberates “black feminism” from the blackenized
periphery of feminism.
o Affirms holistic existence while particularizing an assertive female stance.
- Through art, Afrofemcentrism emerges in a plethora of ideas which thematically project
black women’s realitie