One organisation dealing with these issues is the Somali Project, based here in Birmingham and I was pleased to attend part of a great event in Birmingham today featuring, amongst many other things, the artwork of Ahmed Magare, a talented artist, poet and writer and a member of Writers Without Borders.
The culmination of six months’ work went on show to great fanfare and applause and quite rightly so. Five pieces of art that tell the story of many aspects of the practice of FGM and its effects on individuals and their community.
With so much in each of the one and a half meter square pieces of work, they are things to be studied and absorbed; the only thing you will not get from the photographs here are the scents and smells from the extensive use of spice and other fragrant elements that exude from the work as you stand and admire its depth and vitality.
You can click on the images to see them more closely.
A close up from painting No. 2, so much to see.
Oh yes, there was wonderful food too.