Yovo

 

Yovo, Yovo, Bon Soir
1989
Gobelin woven tapestry mounted on frame
26×25”

Children followed foreignors chanting yovo, yovo, bon soir, ça va bien, merci mimicking my efforts to speak French. Many children had been told by grown-ups to behave or they would be taken away by these strangers. The child in this tapestry was terrified when he saw me as I was walking in the hills above Amou-oblo, where I lived in Togo. The image of his fear and distrust stayed with me until I learned how to weave and capture that moment.

Yovo, Yovo, Bon Soir | ARTWORK, Togo