Why Are We Free Tee - Long Sleeve (Manman Dlo Special Edition)
Why Are We Free Tee - Long Sleeve (Manman Dlo Special Edition)
Why Are We Free Tee - Long Sleeve (Manman Dlo Special Edition)

Why Are We Free Tee - Long Sleeve (Manman Dlo Special Edition)

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This special edition Why Are We Free Tee features “Manman Dlo” (“Water Mother” in Kreyol) along the right sleeve. “Manman Dlo” is the title of the second installment of Nic Brierre Aziz’s Bote Bliye exhibition series and the inspiration for the “You Are Free Because of Enslaved African Women” phrase. The back of the tee features Water Wars, an original artwork by Aziz and Maya Jevans, which is a combination of the vévés of Ogou and La Sirene in the form of a Victorian Era diatom arrangement. Ogou is believed to be the lwa (spirit) that possessed the enslaved africans to victory during the Haitian Revolution and La Sirene is believed to be the “queen of the sea”. Diatoms are microscopic organisms that exist deep in the earth’s oceans and are responsible for 50% of the breaths we take as humans. The combination of these symbols create new possibilities for the amalgamation of art and science while illuminating the essentiality that women and water play to the concept of freedom and life itself.