Yelema
Project info

Ode to Sisterhood. Eight years ago, Binqui and Penda - two young Mandinka sisters - moved from Guinee Conakry to Europe. Due to difficult circumstances, they lived in Africa mostly seperated from eachother. In Europe they were reunited, however they faced personal challenges which left them by themselves. This portrait series is a tribute to their sisterbond. ‘Yelema’ is the Mandinka word for ‘Change’ or ‘Transformation’. In Yelema, themes aligned with sisterhood visually speak the loudest along with migration, and identity. Young sisters of Mandika culture, now living in Europe, find solace in themselves as they deal with issues of abandonment, isolation and cultural assimilation. This theme also references the bodies of water that bring many African Diasporians to new lands, waters that are often difficult to cross.