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Sultana Haukim

b. 1974, Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius

Sultana Haukim’s paintings and installations focus on issues affecting women in society such as female identity, sexual abuse and the dowry system.

For the past few years my works have been focused on issues related to the life of women in our modern society. Being a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, I have experienced the inequalities and prejudices towards woman and have better understood the situation of woman in the world. My status as a female artist gives me the possibilities to express and explore this closer universe of women.

My work also addresses the social and psychological dimensions of women’s experience in contemporary societies. Issues about female identity, femininity, concepts of beauty, female genital mutilation, oppression, sexual abuse, abortion and the dowry system, are among the different issues that I have been analyzing in my artwork.

I use mannequins as a metaphor of the female body, being seen as an object to please. From lifeless and dumb, my intervention on them opens doors to various interpretations; colour, matter, out-cuts, assemblage, optical play are some of the ingredients which give the mannequins an alternative look to keep the eye alert and the mind awakened so as to create meaningful change for the future of women.

Art Education

2003 B.A (Hons) Fine Arts with Education, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius
1998 Teacher’s Diploma in Visual Arts, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius

Group Exhibitions

2017 State House, Mauritius
2016 Porlwi by people Festival, Mauritius
2016 Metaform, Mauritius
2015 Porlwi by light Festival, Mauritius
2015 Bridge, Eco/ art Festival, Mauritius
2015 Mauritius Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2014 Exhibition to commemorate the arrival of Indians in Mauritius, theme Glory of Bihar
2013 Expoesie, Saint Malo, France
2012 Performance night, Institut Francais de Maurice, Mauritius
2012 Thupelo International artists’ exhibition, Greatmore Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 International artists exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi, India
2011 Renaissance, Institut Francais de Maurice, Mauritius
2010 4th International Biennale of Beijing, China
2010 Festival L’Univert, Institut Francais de Maurice, Mauritius
2009 Dodo Project , pARTage Gallery, Mauritius
2009 African Artist’s Network Exhibition, Kenya
2008 International Artists exhibition, Theertha Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2007 East African Biennale , Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
2007 & 2011 Salon d’ete, SSR Art gallery, Port Louis, Mauritius
2006 All African Rotary Summit exhibition, Sugar Beach hotel, Mauritius
2005 Second Triennial of Contemporary Art of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius
2003-2017 Participation in the yearly Salon de Mai, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius
2002 First Triennial of Contemporary Art of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius


2016 Tsukuba Artist in Residency, Father Sky, Mother Nature, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
2013 Thami Mynele Foundation Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 Residency/workshop with the French artist Veronique Bigo


Catalogue of Migration, Identity and Belongings, pARTage, 2017
Catalogue of 56th Biennale of Venice, Italy, 2015
Catalogue of Pavilion of Mauritius, From One Citizen You Gather an idea, 56th Biennale of Venice, 2015
Catalogue of ARTchipelogo, 2014
Catalogue Renaissance Exhibition, 2012
Catalogue of the Commemoration of the Battle of Vieux Grand-Port, 2010
Catalogue of the 4th International Biennale of Beijing, China, 2010
Catalogue of the 1st Salon D'été, 2007
Catalogue of East Africa Art 2007 Biennale
Catalogue of Salon de Mai, 2006
Catalogue of ARTerre, Landscape Workshop, Mauritius, 2006
Catalogue of Art for APRIM,(Parents’ association for the rehabilitation of mentally handicapped children)
Catalogue of Salon des Talents Prometteurs 96