Chelsy Monie received a BA in Communications and Art History at Concordia University (2018), and is also an artist interested in identity and representation. Her work strives to portray ideas of ‘reality’ and ‘the mundane’ as beautiful and unique cultural experiences. She is also the founder of Ubuntu Talks, a platform that promotes positive representations of Black bodies in the media. She is currently working at Gallery 1957 in Accra, Ghana.
Art & Africa: Africans as Critical Producers and Consumers of Art
Voiceless Utterance Exhibition
Accompanying the bibliography is a photographic series entitled, Voiceless Utterance (2018) created by Monie as an artistic response to her research during her residency.
The series brings together nine women from across the African continent to represent the ‘new’ Venus, one that is far from her typical position as an archetypal symbol of the ideal - the supposed pinnacle of classical Western femininity.
By digitally smearing away their mouths, the artist does not remove their voices, but instead emphasizes their silence. Their erotic bodies simultaneously repel and attract viewers, inviting visitors to think critically about the consumption of contemporary African artistic creations in spaces that are fundamentally Western.