Two Legged Vessel (LI.2020.44)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Bisila Noha

Title

Two Legged Vessel

Date

2020

Materials and techniques

Baney Clay and White Stoneware

Object number

LI.2020.44

Credit

Courtesy of the Artist.

Maker's statement

Baney Clay: An Unearthed Identity is a milestone in my personal journey to connect with my own ancestry and blackness.

The title, Baney, comes from my dad’s home village in Equatorial Guinea, where the clay I have used comes from. Baney is located in the Bioko Norte Province of Bioko, the largest island in EG where the capital Malabo is.

With this collection I aim to question the ‘norm’ in Art. How Southern art has historically been considered ‘primitive’ or ‘exotic’ and belittled; how when it comes to Pottery - a traditionally female craft -, when the wheel is invented and men take over, hand-built pots - mostly made by women within their domestic compounds - are taken for granted and assigned no artistic value.

I believe that progress will only come when patriarchy is over; when colonialist and Western-centric views are a thing of the past and the North and the South are one; when the South stops being ‘the back yard’ of Western countries.

And so, I have brought all these concepts together through clay: the Baney pieces are made with different mixtures of Stoneware or Porcelain and my Baney Clay, it being an allegory of the South and Women.