Hamid Nii Nortey
FOR MY SISTERS: A REFLECTION OF EXPERIENCES THAT REDEFINE OUR GENDER PERCEPTIONS.
By Zanele Kabane.
Our world is changing. In film, art and life, identities are being interrogated, representations are being redefined, old narratives are receiving new scripts and Hamid Nii Nortey’s “For My Sisters” is an intentional reflection and celebration of a previously overlooked conversation.
In “For My Sisters”, Hamid boldly commits to redefining the feminine trope and embracing sexual ambiguity into our daily habits, our conversations, into the boardroom and into our world as we know it. His fierce and compelling figurative portraits of everyday women, those he knew and those he’s yet to meet, explores untold stories of their lived experiences while capturing the truth of who they are and why they are.
In this collection, Hamid focuses fiercely on the eyes, a big focus in his works, as they are the portal to the human soul and invite the audience to experience their feelings visually and emotionally. Beyond the eyes, you observe how considered the crafting of the skin is – the skin always revealing more to the story. Through the tones of colours and his crosshatch technique, Hamid portrays sweat glands, hair pores, scars and all the detailed intricacies that quite literally go skin-deep in paying homage to the genuine and nonconforming stories of his objects.
Renicha McCree describes Hamid’s “For My Sisters” as “A visual feast of vibrantly coloured and marvellous figurative paintings of Black beauty and quotidian life in Ghana.” She goes on to explain that Hamid “Conflates the Black woman’s power and femininity with ease. His painstakingly precise crosshatch perfectly complements the figures’ brown skin and seem to amplify the notions of individuality, identity, and liberation that unite the show.”
It is quite evident that with every brushstroke, Hamid destroys the confines of kitchen walls and societal expectations, with every bold colour he embraces both the melanin and the feminine spirit being introduced within our global community. In every piece of art in this series, he carefully and consciously crafted a modern story of gender liberation for those that were, currently is and those who are yet to be.
When curating this exhibition with Hamid Nii Nortey, Director of the Moller Gallery, Christopher Moller shared in Hamid’s excitement and exploration of this gender-neutral spirit – “For My Sister’s” is a celebration of women first captured in art with the famous “Venus of Willendorf” sculpture carved around 25 000 years ago. It was thought to believe that the sculpture represented a mother goddess, a female form symbolising fertility and abundance. 25 000 years on, and until very recently have Homo Sapiens developed to become a Homo conscious – a mindful awakened species. And when I say recent, women in Switzerland (a perceived culturally advanced nation) were only allowed to vote 50 years ago. It is exciting to think that despite all the rivalries and hatreds, that we as a species are slowly evolving to become a collective. A society that does not distinguish roles according to people’s gender, race or sexual orientation. A society that understands the bigger picture, where respect and success are rated on the things that really matter in life, discipline, humility, patience and compassion. We still have a long way to go, and you may call me an idealist, but I believe we will get there.”
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Hamid Nii Nortey is a Ghanaian artist whose works depict compelling figurative portrait paintings from different generations. His main point of focus are the eyes because he believes that is where our emotions are best portrayed and also believes it helps us better visually experience one another’s feelings , without using words the eyes can be used to exchange information. His paintings helps create an intriguing dialogue between the subject’s message and the viewer.His work compels the viewer to become physically and emotionally invested in the subjects story. His aim is to capture the spirit,essence and heritage of images and use it as an opportunity to lend the world a glance into the lives of people whose stories are yet to be told. His paintings are also meant to trigger emotions of pride, honor and humor, it’s all the story of his inspirations which words cannot explain.
-The beautiful ones are not yet born – 2012 (group) -HIAO(Circus and Circus life ) – 2014 (Solo)
-Shades of talents – 2015 (group)
-Hues and Strokes – 2016 (group)
– Posing Black Beauty – 2019 (Solo) -Shika Shika Art Fair – 2019 (group) – Beauty in Diversity – 2020 (solo)