This artwork focuses on women's participation in History mostly written by Men and its impact on the life of today. I present four characters from the culture of my country Tunisia through the historical facts that they have made as well as the values and the ideal that they advocate in their actions. I wanted to defend the cause of the women by showing the gigantic step that the Men have made in the history thanks to a few chosen from among thousands of women unfortunately forgotten and put in the shadow. I would also like to make them known to a wider public, notably by teaching in schools and by a greater recognition of these incredible figures of unusual women who certainly did not find their places at their time but who Left the mark of a warrior woman, a woman who had founded a great nation and remarkable warriors, a charitable and generous woman, and a woman with incredible knowledge and a great heart:
I first chose La Kahena, or Dihya (on top of the artwork), a Berber woman warrior leader who wanted to defend the land of her country from the Muslim invasion that was responding everywhere at that time. She alone held a large army and was respected and sometimes seen as a witch who could handle magic. The Kahena meant beautiful gazelle with long neck. She is known for practicing the politics of scorched-earth , as well as having won a famous battle known as "The battle of camels) . Although she was at the end decapitated and delivered to the caliph Abd al-Malik in Syria , the Berber values have always been transmitted from generation to generation.
Then I chose Elyssa, or Queen Didon (At the left of the artwork) , who moved to the north of Ifriqiya (today Tunisia) after a family and royal conflict, and according to the myth, would have woven the lands of the future Carthage thanks to the thread of skin of a bull. Carthage was a very modern civilization which had fanned the jealousy of the Romans and the birth of the celebrated General Hannibal.
I also chose Aziza Othmana, the princess of the Muradites period, wife of Barbarossa, (At the left bottom) who was known to have a charitable heart towards slaves and poor girls. She had built a hospital that is still active today and called under her name. A certain famous physician who had a Nobel Prize in medicine would have worked there for a few years. Before she died, she would have made a will in which she would always like to have roses and flowers in front of her grave, even in our days.
And finally I wanted to introduce Lalla Manoubia (At the right of the artwork), a woman from a very poor family, but who nevertheless shared her bread with other poor people. She was noticed among her entourage for her intelligence and her beauty. It pursued a teaching privileged to men of scientific and theological studies, and even went to pray alongside men. She was considered "rebellious" and "emancipated" in her day, her father considering her a humiliation and trying to get her married to a man, which she refused to continue to educate and instruct others. Today she is considered nowadays a saint.
Comments and critics are always welcomed.
Artwork done with gouache, by me.