Engaging with the many complex nuances of diasporic identities and cultural heritage, my work is a celebration of our communities, relationships, humanity, and joy. I’ve chosen to represent members within my community space, capturing casual moments in a playful and colourful format. Capturing these moments and these individuals feels to me like an act of care, a way to documents the energy of a complex ecosystem of communities within a space that may soon look very different.
While an artist’s trauma and history is entirely their own to express, often the institution places racialized artists in the position of constantly re-enacting that trauma as the only way in which to be considered “serious artists.” I refuse to perform or display racialized pain for the benefit of the institution.
Ultimately, I am always attempting to understand my own intersections of identity, my privileges, and how I take up and move within White space and Diaspora space.