The Fighter Mother


Inspired by courageous Eritrean women who challenged gender roles during the war of independence, I created stencils of their silhouettes using reused cardboard to symbolize their marginalized status. Influenced by ex-fighter Lemlem's photograph, I designed a new language merging Arabic and English to write "Liberated but not free" on walls and cardboard using stencils, a paint roller, and sandpaper. This language amplifies the voices of marginalized Eritrean women, serving as a secret code of communication and resistance. The intentional removal of my artwork during the performance pays tribute to graffiti rituals and symbolizes suppressed conversations.