Interwoven

One of the most beautiful aspects of this collaboration has been the way in which we have come to realise just how interwoven our lives and ways of seeing the world are. Superficially we may appear very different – Black/White – Artist/Prof – Zimbabwean/British. Society often tries to box us in, forcing us to emphasise…

Cracked

Dearest Laura Apologies for the brief pause in our conversation. I’ve been feeling completely drained and needed to take some time out. The last few days have been busy but replenishing…time spent in my garden and with my husband walking along the beautiful cliffs of Cinque Terra. Sunshine, crashing waves and winds to blow away…

Boxed

Perhaps one of the strongest themes to emerge from this collaboration is our individual and collective resistance to the social and political categories that ‘box us in’, that serve constantly to remind us of our place, how we should – and shouldn’t – behave and be. As women. As mothers. As migrants. As people from…

Our collaboration

Laura Nyahuye (Maokwo Arts) and Heaven Crawley (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University) are, respectively, an artist and a research professor based in Coventry, UK.  Whilst we might appear to have little in common, the COVID-19 lockdown has provided us with an opportunity to draw together our personal and professional experiences in…

Boxed in

You want to put me in a box Tell me what I am And what I am not But I am me I am strong ‘Pushy’ I am kind ‘Weak’ I am vulnerable ‘Needy’ I am White ‘Black’ I am passionate ‘A kid on a gap year’ You see what you want to see You…

Shoes I

I remember those shoes Blue Shiny With a silver band Hand down shoes for the poor kid The pikey kid The gypo kid An act of kindness Reminding me that I am different Not the same Dress up Shape up Be like us But I cannot Will not Be like you My difference is my…

Coming together

This piece was co-created over the course of three days (14th – 16th July 2020) as the formal part of the project came to a conclusion. The piece was intended as a reflection on the nature of our collaboration and the ways in which our lives and ways of thinking are interwoven. One person provided…

Whiteness

The privilege of whiteness Is never having to think aboutThe colour of my skinNever having to walk down the streetWith my sleeves pulled down over my handsTo stop the namesThe staresThe spit Of those that passThe privilege of whitenessIs never having to worryThat my son will be stoppedFor no reason Keep his mouth shutBut not…

Weaving words

Dear Heaven Thank you for Dappled Light. Timely  Let me take you on a walk through my interaction with your email.  I saw your email and l was yessssss. My plan was to open attachments last night, however yesterday turned out to be another venture into tokenistic  meetings, the other, questioning what l was doing…

On the cusp

Between winter and spring Dark and light Despair and hope Fresh snow settles on the ground Small signs of life Of possibility The promise of the future Hidden from view Buried deep I close my eyes Go inside To the dark place Hunker down Wrap my arms around myself Shield from the cold And the…