Mammy Yoko Limited Edition Print by Habib Hajallie

Artist(s): Habib Hajallie
Medium: Giclée Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm (smooth matt finish)
Number of Editions: 50
Signed: Yes
Framed: no
Print Size: 32.8cm x 22.8cm
Paper Size: 41.5cm x 29.2cm


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Sold in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Habib Hajallie: Penned into History’ which is on display at Pallant House Gallery from February 10 2024 until 21 April 2024.

Habib Hajallie (b.1995) is an elected member of The Royal Society of British Artists and the winner of The UK New Artist of The Year Award 2022. He looks to empower often marginalised minorities through the exploration of identity within his ballpoint pen portraiture. Confronting socio-political issues within his drawings acts as a catalyst for discourse regarding the perception of various demographics as being of lesser humanistic value. Specifically, with the disenfranchised often being undermined by mainstream media; somewhat paradoxically reflecting an archaic hierarchy of status, similar to colonial ideologies. Though born in Southeast London, Hajallie’s works are informed by his Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage.

“Mammy Yoko (1849–1906), or Madam Yoko was a pioneering figure of Sierra Leonean history. She was the leader of the Mende tribe and vastly expanded the Mende kingdom, as she grew to become an individual of considerable influence within the nation. In the late 19th century Mammy Yoko became a significant political figure. She formed diplomatic relations with the British, which strengthened her reign as a chief; but tragically would later lead to her downfall, as her allegiance with the British would be the reason her people ultimately rebelled against her. Mammy Yoko may be remembered as a charismatic intellectual who empowered herself by going against strict traditional West African gender roles and thus become a great leader and an important Sierra Leonean pioneer.”- Habib Hajallie


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