Yelema: An Ode to Sisterhood

Yelema: An Ode to Sisterhood

Dagmar van Weeghel created a photo essay dedicated to two young sisters.
“Eight years ago, Binqui and Penda – two young Mandinka sisters – moved from Guinea Conakry to Europe. Due to difficult circumstances, they lived in Africa mostly separated from each other. In Europe they reunited, however they faced personal challenges which left them by themselves.”
“This portrait series is a tribute to their sister bond. “Yelema” is the Mandinka word for “change” or “transformation”. In Yelema, themes aligned with sisterhood visually speak the loudest along with migration, and identity.”
“ Young sisters of Mandika culture, now living in Europe, find solace in themselves as they deal with issues of abandonment, isolation and cultural assimilation. This theme also references the bodies of water that bring many African Diasporans to new lands, waters that are often difficult to cross.”
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