BEAUTIFUL AFRICAN WOMAN
The aims of this series is to break the clichés of Arabic and Muslim women, vindicate the rights of women to be able to decide their own destinies, and to break the fear and silence of sexism. This illustrations was inspired by my mother an Arabic and Muslim woman who used to wear a mini-skirt, wore her hair to imitate her favourite Hollywood’s stars and wore a bathing suit on the beach of Tangier in the 60s and 70s. This work honours her legacy, denounces oppression and the lack of equality.
The work “Beautiful African Woman”, has obtained different recognitions from the different international media and institutions, having obtained the New Talent Award of the International Festival Artists of the World in Cannes, 2018, American Illustration 38 in New York, 2019, the Silver Award of the prestigious publishing house Graphis in New York (2018) or the Circle Foundation for the Arts Award in Lyon (2019), among other distinctions. On the other hand, Bakkali’s work also seeks to break with the clichés that still exist about digital art and that, as the artist recalled in her lecture at the Antonio López Arts College last March, “digital art is still very misunderstood and that has been an important handicap that I have had to deal with throughout my career”. However, and according to Bakkali, “digital tools are another means to build bridges, to express the concerns of the soul and to describe the world around us”.