Empowering African Art: Laetitia Ky’s hair sculptures break taboos

Laetitia ky,
Laetitia ky,

Meet Laetitia ky, a talented artist hailing from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, whose innovative sculptures are crafted using her own hair.

“I’m not only trying to create beautiful shapes; I’m trying to create beautiful shapes with a meaning, “ the Ivorian actress told BBC  in an interview.

These creations serve as powerful vehicles to confront societal taboos, addressing issues ranging from body image to sexual politics.

However, Laetitia’s journey to self-acceptance wasn’t without its challenges. Battling an eating disorder and enduring bullying during her teenage years, she grappled with her identity and relationship with her hair. Yet, amidst her struggles, she stumbled upon narratives celebrating ancestral African hair, leading her on a path of self-discovery and empowerment.

in addition to her artistic prowess, Laetitia is also an author who has to her credit the book “Love and Justice: A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty.”

This form of unconventional art connects to the rich tapestry of African heritage and creativity, Laetitia Ky’s story exemplifies the transformative power of artistic expression in reclaiming one’s identity and embracing cultural roots. Explore more about her inspiring journey and ground-breaking artwork in the realm of contemporary African art.