Humanity (Humanidad) is an artwork by Séfora Camazano. It is an original Giglée Fine Art print on a 100% cotton acid-free canvas with dimensions of 73 x 54 cm. Dating from the year 2023, it is part of the “Female Portraits: Looking back to the Past” collection.

The painting is a portrait of Embarcalina. She is presented in half-body, wearing an elegant white long-sleeved blouse and a sophisticated hat adorned with red flowers and delicate black satin ribbons. Her face rests gracefully on her left hand, while her eyes establish direct contact with the artist portraying her. Embarcalina’s elbow elegantly rests on a dark brown leather Chesterfield sofa, adding a contemporary touch to the composition. The piece captures the essence of elegance and modernity in a harmonious combination.

Embarcalina was fortunate to be born in Spain, as her mother arrived pregnant and ill, fleeing an unbearable situation in the Sahara Desert. Since Spain’s inconclusive decolonization 47 years ago, the Sahrawi people have faced genocides, and many of its members live in exile in refugee camps, including her family who remains there. Currently, the Sahrawi people endure inhumane conditions in the Hamada, the desert’s harshest region, lacking access to clean water, electricity, or medical care, experiencing various forms of violence and aggression. Their survival depends largely on humanitarian aid.

Thanks to Embarcalina’s Nursing studies, she undertakes annual journeys to deliver medicines and provide medical assistance to her relatives and friends in the refugee camps.

“Humanity” is the term that best defines Embarcalina, as she never forgets her family or the Sahrawi people still enduring in the refugee camps. She does everything possible to help, whether by visiting them personally or from Spain, sharing the silenced history of her people.

The artwork production

Humanity was inspired on the artwork La bella Raquel (1912), by Joaquín Sorolla.


© Séfora Camazano