I’ve always believed in miracles.
both of my parents lost their mothers as children one was exiled from Ethiopia while the other defied their family, becoming the first to attend college, then marrying a Black person they are both rebels, and also, evangelical christians when I was a child they were missionaries it took me a long time to understand the imperialist nature of the cult I grew up in kingston, jamaica and sacramento, california without much sense of family history or belonging, but with a deep connection to the land, colors and music later, I lived in boston, buenos aires, paris, london, and los angeles, each place granting access to new parts of the world and to myself
I studied English and American Literature at Harvard thinking I wanted to be a writer or a lawyer before I fell in love with darkroom photography during a postgraduate program I love the physicality of making art, giving physical shape to concept I learned how to make video while getting an MA in Image & Communication at Goldsmiths, there I started making sculptures in a response to a deep need to create in 3D then, while earning my MFA at SAIC, I discovered words again being in a classroom or group discussion setting has always been very generative for me, I am a passionate contributor, giving and expecting critical feedback
listening has become a discipline
I am convinced of art’s power and potential to spur revolution,
to uproot extractive systems
and to plant seeds of hope and freedom,
while cultivating the connective tissue that binds all living beings together