According to historical accounts of the First Franco-Dahomean War, in the 1890s it was the highly trained military women who were chopping off the heads of the French. Sometimes while they slept.
French Street Artist YZ Yseult has begun her own campaign to pay tribute to the fierce female fighters of the 19th Century West African country of Dahomey, who are more commonly referred to as Amazons. A startling narrative of female power not often heard today for some, but as YZ is researching her own history as a descendent from slaves, her portraits reflect a personal impetus to tell these stories with a new force. She has named this series of strong warriors on the street "Amazone"...
I haven't found their locations here in Senegal, but if anybody has an idea or hint where I can find them and see them in person, it would be much appreciated!
I think the street art is intriguing and the documented photographs brilliant! I will let you know if I do discover one of them one day!
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