Speak Out

Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviours used to establish control over another person, including but not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. This includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage. Domestic  abuse still remains a taboo across many cultures. 

'Speak Out’ is an ongoing photography project focusing on women - survivors of domestic violence. 

The project highlights and raises awareness of those multiple layers, in addition, it serves to amplify the voices of women who have taken a stand and broken the silence about their personal experiences of domestic abuse and its devastating effects – and the journey to move forward, not as victims, but as survivors.

Metamorphosis ( Signed Limited Edition of 50 with certificate of authenticity)

Digital image printed on Hahnemühle German Etching paper

People rarely talk about the emotional side of scoliosis like many physical disabilities.  Most conversations  focus on the medical aspects: how fast the curves progress and which treatments are effective. Yet for people with scoliosis, the emotional effects are as real as the physical ones. This goes on into adulthood subsequently affecting self-image. How one dresses, clothing that would show the spine curvature and in cases like in mine, very obvious protruding scapula wing were to be avoided.  Prior to the surgery, I would never put any open back clothing and even normal clothes like anything tight around my upper body would make me very self-conscious affecting my self-esteem and my body-image. This project celebrates my personal freedom to finally show my back with no negative emotions. 

Untitled Series- Triptych ( Signed Limited Edition of 50 with certificate of authenticity)

Digital image printed on Hahnemühle German Etching

This self-portrait series documents my spinal fusion and correction surgeries recovery journey. The work celebrates the power of healing but also addresses the fragility of the human body as well as our planet and the threat of climate change.

Maasai Shuka, 2020 -The Maasai are a Semi-nomadic pastoralists people found in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania. Renowned for wearing beadwork and applying ochre (red-brown mud mixed with animal fat and water) to their clothes and bodies. Cloth (shuka), is traditionally worn by the Maasai. They are well known for their unique way of life, as well as their cultural traditions and customs. The Maasai Shuka is made of cotton sheet with variations of plaid or checkered patterns. The most common foundation is the red colour, but the Maasai also use blue. Black, blue, striped, and checkered cloth are also worn, as there are multi-coloured African designs.

Kente, 2020 -The Ashanti were the dominant people of West Africa’s Gold Coast, modern Ghana. The Ashanti weaved their famous kente cloths in cotton or silk. However, since the 1920s, the majority of kente cloths have been woven in rayon. Both weaving and sewing are traditionally carried out by men. Kente cloth designs vary, with the designs, colours, and patterns each having their own special meanings and stories. This unique cloth also reflects the history of the Ashanti people, from the emergence of the various Ashanti kingdoms to the development of the slave trade up to and including contemporary life in Ghana. Kente cloth is now used to make clothes for all sorts of people.

Adire, 2020 -Adire textile is a resist-dyed cloth produced and worn primarily by the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. The Yoruba label adire (meaning “tie and dye”) was first applied to indigo-dyed cloth decorated with resist patterns in the early twentieth century. By the second half of the twentieth century, a broader colour palette of imported synthetic dyes was introduced. Adire was then combined with a variety of hand-dyed textiles using wax-resist batik methods to produce patterned cloth in a dazzling array of dye tints and hues. Today, there are three primary resist techniques used in Nigeria: adire alabere, adire eleko, and adire oniko.

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