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Re/Presenting: Them

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2009

This is a catalogue published by Casa África for the homonymous show. It presents the work of four female African artists whose work revolves around the female condition and women’s role in Africa. Not wanting to favour one piece over the rest, we opted for a typographic solution. With the words that make up the title we created a face: eyes, nose and mouth, elements present in any human face. The oval is a brown surface on an orange background. ‘RE/presenting:’ is set in Bodoni upper and lowercase to give it a neutral feel. ‘them’, on the other hand, is set in Brushscript, a very human, almost handwritten typeface, which is the only indication of the artists’ gender. The aforementioned oval portrays an anonymous face resembling an African mask, a face that could belong to any human being, man or woman; to any member of those African communities in which women play such a fundamental role.

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