- Photographs show African women wearing traditional clothes
- The series is the work of photographer Joana Choumali
- "Being a modern African woman is a complex position," she says. "The continent redefines itself so fast."
Choumali, who is half Ivorian, half Spanish-Equatorial-Guinean, used to visit her grandmother in Abengourou, Ivory Coast during the holidays. However, a language barrier prevented conversation, and her grandmother struggled to pass on her experiences as a woman of the Akan people.
"I realized that even if I knew about her life, I didn't know much about her inner thoughts," the photographer explains. "All these unanswered questions led me to take portraits of other women in a similar situation."
Her series "Resilients" captures women who are told they aren't "real Africans," says Choumali. She focused on the generation of women growing up in cities or out of their country of origin, picking up international influences along the way.
"African societies mutate. Being a modern African woman is a complex position," she admits. "The continent redefines itself so fast."
Choumali found that when she introduced traditional clothing and jewelery into her portraits, her subjects felt more comfortable exploring their own heritage.
'An almost religious moment'
Posing were women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds from all across the continent: among them Baoule, Fon, Yoruba, Fulani and Malinke.