Here’s a glimpse at some illustration work I did for UHAI-EASHRI, a Sexual Health and Rights Initiative based in Nairobi.
The artwork was created for a report on a “Changing Faces Changing Spaces” conference held in Naivasha. The use of the khanga style of art to create these illustrations was inspired by the dominant presence of the fabrics during the conference, and also by the fact that this was the first time they were having a pan African conference as they had only focussed on Eastern Africa up until then. I chose to create only khanga motifs of the work and not whole designs so as to keep the focus on the visual message contained in the illustrations and not have it attenuated by the designs’ borders.
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And if you’d like to know what else I am up to, you can check out my in-progress art projects here to see what I have in store for you. Enjoy!
Intimate partner violence is one of those topics no one wants to talk about. There’s a lot of shame, fear and silence around this. I personally find it quite big and scary: how do you address the fear and hurt present in such a vital human relationship? One that’s supposed to be a source of one of the deepest loves we experience as humans?
This is an illustration depicting the isolation that some groups or individuals sometimes feel within a movement. Even in movements, there are minority voices and concerns that are sometimes ignored.
This illustration is of some languages in Africa, which can act as a barrier to our hearing each other.
Illustration on “lobbying” which, really, is just a technical term for “conversation”. Conversation, I’m learning, is incredibly important. It’s how we learn about each other… How we connect as humans… Which is why “lobbying” is so very crucial to the success of any movement, I think.
This is an illustration on self-liberation. “Free your mind, the rest will follow”. Enough said, right?
Illustration that addresses the need for self-love and car, which I believe is incredibly important because we can’t give what we don’t have. We wouldn’t know how to. It would be like trying to teach something we don’t understand – it behoves us to seek understanding ourselves first, before we reach out to others. You dig? 🙂
It is my conviction that Trans and Intersex (and gender queer) members of the human community want to be acknowledged, accepted and healthy. Can you imagine, how it would feel like if your gender wasn’t recognized by your society? If all we had were female bathrooms or female products, because no one even THINKS to address the needs of the male? Or vice versa? Though I don’t think it’ll take much of stretch for women to imagine this. What would that exclusion feel like? How would it affect your (physical, mental and spiritual) health? How would it affect your ability to function freely in this world?
“Ujima”, or coordinated efforts, is important to the success of any movement as it builds on the harmony present within a movement to create actions that build towards actualization of the movement’s vision
This is an illustration depicting the unity in our struggle. We are all of us – in this diverse human family – struggling/have struggled for Love and acceptance in our individual lives. And in this way, are all similar to each other.
This illustration of critical consciousness touches on an important habit we all need to cultivate in this life, as we all need to be more aware of what influences we are letting into our lives, as well as what influences we are being in others’ lives.
This illustration of an open jail cell and red key (the red in the artwork being inspired by the use of the colour in the sex work advocacy and movement) addresses the need to decriminalize sex work. I believe that sex work is criminalized, not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because – underneath it all – we’ve dehumanized/devalued sex workers.
The colours used in this illustration on the topic of female empowerment were deliberately chosen to give a royal feel *insert sly smile here* I believe this topic is still relevant today – and every day going forward – until the female (and every other gender) is as valued as the male: as privileged as the man.
This is an illustration I created as a response to the idea that homosexuality is unafrican. As far as I am concerned, Love is universal. Love happens everywhere. Even in Africa.
I believe religion, by shaping our societal norms, affects how we see ourselves, our roles in our societies, our bodies and – consequently – our view and practice of sex and intimacy.
censored depiction on the theme of sex and religion
Cover artwork for CFCS report
Illustration of a group discussion
Illustration that went along with the respects that were paid to some dearly departed activists
Illustration for a poem in the CFCS report
Illustration of the theme of dance
Illustration created for a poem contained in the CFCS report