Joana Choumali, born in 1974, is a fine art photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She studied Graphic Arts in Casablanca (Morocco) and worked as an Art Director in an advertising agency before embarking on her photography career. She works primarily on conceptual portraiture, mixed media and documentary. She uses photography to explore her own identity. Much of her work focuses on Africa, and what she, as an African, is learning about the myriad culture around her. Her work allows her to explore assumptions she has and nourishes her as she expands her conceptions of the world
"Being naked this is nothing to hide, It is not even need words because the body speaks for itself. "Victor Lévy Beaulieu "Emotions à nu " is a serie of female portraits without a face. As the "naked truth", human, beautiful unadorned, without makeup. Women are plural, fragile and strong. This work is an intimate journey, an emotional state to another, a quiet quest towards physical self-acceptance and serenity.