Maud Sulter is a Scots artist, writer, cultural historian and course leader of the Masters programme in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Previous exhibitions include African Themes, Victoria and Albert Museum London (1993) Intimate Lives, City Art Centre Edinburgh (1993) and Hysteria, Tate Gallery Liverpool (1991). Maud Sulter edited the book Passion: Discourses in Blackwomens Creativity and has curated several international exhibitions.
September 10–October 9, 1993
AKWABA is a meditation on the african cultural artefact in relation to the Self for the diasporan African and the functioning of the Black object in the Western museum. In Proverbs for Adwoa the artist uses the akua ma doll as self portrait. In Fetish #1-3 the mask used in the female clitoridectomy rites is paired with texts etched into copper plaques inscribed with the words Flesh, Blunt and Glass suggesting invasion of the body and incision to the psyche.