community check in: these beaded sculptures are everything

April 9, 2020
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We asked our talented creative AFROPUNK community to submit their work to our platform during these turbulent times. (EMAIL US:

We’ve received an influx of amazing visual art, writing, spoken word, music, fashion and more so far! We look forward to sharing them with you throughout this COVID_19 quarantine period on and our social platforms.

Meet Beya GILLE GACHA, a Cameroonian-French sculptor and multi-disciplinary artist.

Tell us about your work.
In my sculptures, I re-interpret the traditional art of Bamileke’s (Cameroonian ethny) Beading to make pearl the skin of my models. I use bodies to create stories, metaphors or allegories.

Who/what inspires you?
I’m a lover of different artist’s works but I find myself in the poetry of Augusta Savage, Camille Claudel, Ousmane Saw.

I’m inspired by a lot of things, psychology, history, spirituality, socio-political issues…

My models are always random people that I choose because of their own stories, their aura, their dreams… Showing the value and the inside beauty of different people is a huge part of my philosophy.

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
I am honored to have been selected for the next Biennial of Dakar (which is postponed later this year), but I hope we will be a lot to go there when the crises will end!

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