2019 THE UPROOTED, THE UNROOTED AND THOSE WHO REMAIN IN TRANSIT, GHANA
I will be running a 7-day painting and mix media collage workshop in one of the remaining refugee camps in Ghana called Fetentaa. Ivorian refugees will be invited to interact with travel documents from Ghana's public archive and create work using found material. Once I return to the UK, I will hold a symposium to have a discourse around the proper assimilation of refugees and how we can use contemporary art to engage marginalised groups. This workshop is funded by the Mead Fellowship and supported by the IOM, GRB and UNHCR.
The body of work discussing albinism firstly seeks to address the discrimination and killings that have happened in East Africa. These killings happen because of myths and ritualistic beliefs that body parts of people with Albinism can bring wealth and success. As the series developed, I began to question the notion of belonging and the concept of race for people of Albinism. If the idea around Body Politic is clearly related to race, and if race is almost instantaneously distinguished through skin colour and other features of the body, how do people with albinism navigate or identify themselves within this context, especially in a space where they are discriminated against by their own race?. In regions where people with Albinism are hunted, they are seen as ''the other'', so as to identify the norm- which is, some one of ''colour''.
Throughout this workshop, art became so much more than a mere act of production. It was an opportunity for a marginalised community to find its voice, to build bridges, spark dialogues, and construct a shared cultural understanding through the language of found material and colour. As participants dove deep—uncovering the past to refresh the present—they were releasing memories onto surfaces, and using artistic practice as an outlet for community pain and trauma. Art became a space of therapy, a foundation for regrowth. These workshops are organised by Standing Voice
2017 STANDING VOICE SUMMER SKILLS WORKSHOP, TANZANIA ( Online Publication )