Keyezua
ANGOLA
BORN IN THE 80`S I ANGOLAN/DUTCH ARTIST I WOMAN I SUPER HERO I FULL OF STORIES BASED IN ANGOLA I ARTIST I ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS I INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGNER Keyezua is a storyteller who uses art as a communication tool as it speaks more than words. Art provokes, educates and empowers without pity. She believes that it is a powerful tool and it is in the hands of this generation to create value and to place artists as an integral component towards the further development of culture, economics, feminism, and individual development in Africa. What makes her uncomfortable in our society is what helps her create artworks that deserve to exist as she follows the revolution that happens in her mind when she is not satisfied with situations that affect human rights. Due to technology as a catalyst for change, she believes that everybody can educate and market themselves as an artist but not everybody is willing to use art to fight for a cause or to provoke and insist on intellectual change. She claims, “For us, women, we can’t just make art to make art look pretty and successfully hang on a wall at home or in a museum. It needs to demand respect, debates, confusion,
Fortia
FORTIA is a project that uses the art of handmade recycled masks and photography to poetically exhibit deficiency and make its observers aware of our implicit bias regarding disability and on how disability can be depicted and exhibited in a way that empowers vulnerable groups, by using art as a manifestation that affirms their human dignity through handmade masks. FORTIA uses a female body to portrait the stories told by Keyezua, a daughter of a disabled man, through the hands of a group of disabled men that are alienated from their own society. The project is based on personal experiences that explore sorrow, loss and survival exhibited in audio conversations between the artist and Tito Cruz, a disabled man that works as an artisan in Luanda, Angola. Each mask gives a sense of a time ́s passage. The design contains patterns from tribal drawings using it as a language with its motifs, shape and colours revealing in each mask Keyezua ́s identity as an Angolan but also as a Dutch woman in a photographic portrait of an empress in a long red dress that romanticises the existence of disability through the female body inviting its observers to visualize how our society portraits disability emotionally and physically in the arts. FORTIA ́S long process of designing masks with recycled materials, producing audio interviews, videos and installations aims to not exhibit disability as an “ugly” image that begs for mercy, sorrow, economic dependence but rather as a set of predominant rituals and renewed values as the artists transition. With its aim to have a final exhibition that exhibits photography, video, audios and installations. FORTIA starts with the story of Keyezua and her father exhibited in the body of an empress. Keyezua designed 4 masks that symbolise 3 to 8 years of her life in prints, colors, and shapes. FORTIA is in honor of the latest days of Keyezua ́s father as a disabled man.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.