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…

Breathe

The importance of breathing in our lives, is a no brainer. However, there are key moments that literally twists our heads and focus on the act of, the crucial role breathing has in our every living moment. Unlike any other time in our life time there is a global call on all of us to…

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…

Press pause

Humanity is a tapestry of collective individualism. If only we could press pause, and celebrate every thread. We would all be living in bliss. No limits, No boundaries Laura Nyahuye, February 2020 I love gatherings, hugs, face to face conversations. Human interactions. I get energised when humans meet up to plan, to create to talk,…

Letter to Heaven

Coventry UK 23rd May 2020 Heaven this conversation is deep, strong powerful full of so much resilient, resistance as you rightly pointed (concerning ‘no apologies’). As l read the letter and Boxed in a few times,  from it I gathered a sense of drive echoed from a fellow woman on a totally different level. The…

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…

Blackness

Identity a crisis in modern day society Identity a tug of war, tugging with self, tugging with the other Identity the knowing of self Allowing circumstance to define who we are can possibly be the worst catastrophe to happen is one’s life. Whatever the circumstance is, be it good or bad circumstance. It must not…

I can’t breathe

No puc respirar መተንፈስ አልችልም Non riesco a respirare Je ne peux pas respirer আমি শ্বাস নিতে পারি না Handigoni kufema  لا استطيع التنفس Ba zan iya numfashi ba Hindi ako makahinga Não consigo respirar 我無法呼吸 Ez nikarim nekevim Nko le simi

Ways of working

When we first started working together we didn’t actually have a concrete plan as to how the project would evolve. We knew we wanted to work together. We knew we had things to say. But we didn’t really know each other. And we had never worked together before. So we trusted our instincts and started…