Artwork by Àfrica Ollé

Àfrica Ollé

Àfrica’s practice spans a range of media including performance, sculpture, photography, installation art, poetry and essay. The main subjects they explore are: discrimination, gender inequality, gender issues, intersectional feminism, patriarchy, ableism, racism, LGBTQ+ issues, intersection of identities and the full set of -isms and their role in the system of hierarchies. Àfrica’s practice is rooted in research, enquiry, self-reflection and critique. Understanding how the effects of social, cultural and institutionalized conditioning affect our perception and judgement through information or therefore lack of. Àfrica’s aim is to question what is given and look for what is not seen. To understand their own privilege, dismantle hierarchies. To be an ally. To never stop questioning and educating one-self. Very often, Àfrica’s work emerge from personal experiences which are then decontextualized into broader issues as well as ongoing research. One of Àfrica’s ongoing projects is On your face, a collective created by and for queer artists with a connection to Wales. It aims to create a space to showcase the LGBTQ+ talents of the area, through the website, social media, zine, podcast, interviews and more.

‘These processes arise from a feeling, a need for expression, a call for change, the necessity to express unconformity with the system, to level hierarchies, break with the established canon, and the urgency to create a platform for the people whose voices aren’t heard because of discrimination or because they are excluded from the master narratives’.