The photographer who became a warrior
The female warrior Yaa is a «badass» according to photographer Heather Agyepong who has re imagined the leader for images which fall from the ceiling of the Tate Modern in her latest show. They depict strength, but also reveal how the stereotype of the «strong, black woman» led to her own depression.
Agyepong was born and raised in London, the daughter of immigrant parents from the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. Yaa is a celebrated cheap canada goose uk Ghanaian buy canada goose jacket warrior from the same tribe they may or may not be related.
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The work, But We Are Still Here, is part of Tate Exchange, a programme of events which considers how society’s perceptions impact the production of culture.
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