misogynoir and black female resistance are depicted in nigerian american artist dawn okoro’s painting series

May 1, 2017

Through a refreshing series of paintings, Nigerian-American artist Dawn Okoro’ tackles themes of misogynoir and black female empowerment with her “Misogynoir/Resistance” series. Wordlessly, Okoro conveys the powerful defiance, unrelenting strength and resistance of black women to the multi-pronged oppression that constantly attacks them, from erasure to sexual fetishization, colorism to “black tax”.

“I define my own narrative in my “Misogynoir/Resistance” art series,“ Okoro tells AFROPUNK.

”Growing up in the height of the MTV era, I observed how in many music videos, women were used as props. For this art project, I paint women portrayed as the “video girls.” The models are placed in a powerful pose or crossed out as a way of pushing back against misogynoir.”

Dive deeper into the Dawn Okoro’s “Misogynoir/Resistance” series and see dates for her upcoming shows, down below.

“Not A Punchline”
acrylic on canvas, 36×36 inches

“High Yellow”
acrylic on canvas, 36×36 inches

oil and acrylic on canvas, 36×36 inches

oil on canvas, 36×36 inches

oil and acrylic on canvas, 36×48 inches

“Embrace The Power”
acrylic on wood panel, 12×12 inches

Upcoming Shows:
May 5: ‘Urban Pulse Revisited’ Curtiss Jacobs Gallery, New York
May 6: AmRef Health Africa ArtBall Auction, Milk Studios, New York
May 12: MoCADA Museum Exhibit

Follow Dawn Okoro: Website