Wana Udobang is a storyteller and artist working at the intersection of writing, poetry, performance and film. Her poetry interrogates memory and re-imagination. She has three studio albums: Dirty Laundry, In memory of Forgetting and Transcendence. Udobang’s video works include; Nylon, Warriors and the archival project Culture Diaries which documents the works of African artists. Shrink (2014) is a film tribute to all women, and a powerful film work by Wana Udobang. The body politic is an important interrogation when discussing the female body and more importantly, valuing it. This courageous and highly relatable film and literary focus by the artist resonates with every woman and young girl considering her relationship with her body, its physical size, shape and form, and the kinds of feelings society forces us to have towards our bodies by shaming us for our shape and size. Women are fat-shamed in the media and in their homes and workplaces daily and they are depicted as unattractive and undesirable because of their size most of the time. This leads to feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, depression and so much sadness and pain. In the story a young woman must come to terms with the conflict raging between herself, her body, and society’s perception of her body. She confesses to the reader her tortured attempts to make her body conform to the rule that it won’t be beautiful until it shrinks.
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