Artist Imagined As Historic African Women


British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor began a deep exploration into her identity after moving to the United States—finding a link between her parents’ country of origin and her new home. Bringing to life lost narratives, Viktor’s work is a reminder of the impact of forgotten history in today’s world. In A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, she interprets herself as the Libyan Sybil, while in Yaa Asantewaa as the Ashanti warrior queen. The boldness of her motifs and striking use of color signify the importance of learning about one’s roots and applying them to the present.

For Further Reading:

Lina Iris Viktor’s works, exhibitions, publications, and more can be found on her official website.

Discussion Question:

What is a part of your identity that you would like to explore more? What are some ways you could do so?


Action Item:

Find a new way to connect to your identity—try a restaurant with food from your heritage, find an artist that is a member of a community you belong to, or learn about a figure from the past who you relate to.



Read more on Broadly | Image: Lina Iris Viktor, Work in progress from the series A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred (2017-18). 24-karat gold, acrylic, print on paper, 52x40 inches. Courtesy the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery