Joana Choumali works primarily with conceptual portraiture, mixed media and documentary forms. She captures changes in urban West Africa that affect social, psychological and cultural constructs with a delicate but powerful touch. Her series Habrée was published by Fourthwall books in 2016 and received awards, including POPCAP, POPCAP’14 and the LensCulture Emerging Talent Award. Her photographic series, Sissi Barra, won the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Prize (2016). Choumali exhibited her new series Ça va aller at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako – Biennale africaine de la photographie (2017/18). In this series, printed on embroidered canvas, she explores the taboos about psychological suffering in West African societies, after violent terrorist attacks struck the coastal city of Grand Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire. Choumali’s work has recently been exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale (Côte d’Ivoire Pavilion) (2017); Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles; Spelman Museum, Atlanta; Lagos Photo Festival; Ford Foundation, USA; Quai Branly Museum, Paris.