Signares 10 St Louis

Fabrice Monteiro
2015
Africa Art | African Art | Fabrice Monteiro | Signares

Fabrice Monteiro is a Benin artist who works in photojournalism, fashion photography and portraiture. This piece depicts a ‘Signare’, an African noblewoman (“guêloware”) the equivalent of the French nobility, who married European middle-class men. These women were considered to be powerful African figures, and Monteiro touches on topics such as gender politics and issues in much of his African art. This collection subverts the Western view of the African woman as subservient and without status, and celebrates their African beauty with traditional clothing elements intertwined with a Victorian dress.