Gῖtiro – Women’s Dance

2014
Sheet metal. Steel wire
99” x 90” x 24”

Gitiiro is a woman only song-dance that was often performed during marriage ceremonies. This dance facilitated mentorship on courtship, sexuality and family life, for younger women, by older women. The mentorship would facilitate the gradual transition of these women from youth, to adulthood, and into respected members of their communities.
This was a time for women to bond, to inspire and empower each other, in the absence of the male figure. I am inspired by the courage and pride of the traditional Kikuyu women. This was their dance, their space, their time.