Sham, 2021
Acrylic on canvas - 69.3х128
Niamey, Niger
How does the traveller see it?
(Fragment of a post from a Facebook page)
Herd cows and be beautiful

Sometimes you buy a piece of art, and later on you meet the person it depicts. This was one such case. I bought this work in Niamey, the capital of Niger.

On the canvas, we see a nomadic cattle farmer from the Wodaabe tribe.

Once a year, in the fall, the Wodaabe celebrate a holiday called “Gerovol”, in which women are allowed to choose a groom for themselves. Very few women do this, and for that reason the men try hard to impress them – they sing, they dance, and they draw attention to the whiteness of their teeth as well as the whites of their eyes. As I look at her now and I watch a video, I wonder: why do brides “get chosen” around the world yet in the Wodaabe tribe, it’s the grooms who get chosen?

PS. I didn’t make a separate description of the painting, but the second QR-code and the comments talk more about the life of the Wodaabe people.
And what do you think?