I had the pleasure of working with Princess Adefolami (Princocoa) in December 2018 to capture shots for her "In her element" project. Through the project Princess aims to celebrate women within enviroments that reflect their occupation, passion and personality.
I am happy to announce that I have been selected by @blackbritishvisualartists to show my work amongst 17 other amazing Black British artists within the “Here and Now” exhibition in 2019.
“Breathe. Love Here Now,” is a call to Black women and Women of Colour to be still, to breathe, to ground themselves and to tell themselves the truth.
My personal need for a practical sustainable self-care practice, inspired reflections on: the impact of stereotypes (such as The Jezebel, Mammy, The Sapphire) on the mental health of Black Women and the time and space set aside self-care whilst facing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repercussions of systemic and internalised racism.
Within the exhibition installation Black Women and Women of Colour were invited to check in and reflect on how they were feeling and what they needed through a series of journaling prompts. The intention was to enable each woman to introduce daily rituals that they can use to meet their needs.
The five “Breathe. Love Here Now” illustrations reflect and celebrate the presence and power of Black Women as well as the importance of sisterhood which played a significant role in my healing process.
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For those of you who missed the magic that was the PARA - OTHER Chale Wote Festival this year... SHAME ON YOU! Don't worry though...Nii Noi Adom has written an amazing write up on everything that occured. Check out his article here
I was featured by Black Blossoms on virgin.com as one of the 10 black female artists that you should know! Check out the article here
I am excited to annouce that I will be presenting a new performance and workshop at this year's Chale Wote festival in Accra Ghana. If you are planning to go to the festival this year let me know, it would be lovely to see you there!
An exploration of tightness, release and opening up through movement, drawing and writing.
Oil bar on 3m x 3m paper.
1. secrets or mysteries.
‘Body Arcana’ is a series of large scale drawings created with my body and oil bars on paper. This series continues the exploration of my personal mythology through the Tamalpa Life Art Process following the completion of my Level 1 training at Tamalpa UK in March 2018.
Loosely inspired by Heather Hansen's "Emptied Gestures' series and by the belief that ‘the body holds our entire life experience,’ each drawing begins with the question “if my body could speak, what would it say?” This question acts as a springboard for the discovery of current life lessons and resources that the body holds through movement. Each discovery is then symbolically recorded on paper.
Discovery 1: "It comes from the core"
An exploration of personal power through movement, drawing and writing.
Oil bar on 3m x 3m paper.
Sandgate, Kent, UK
Between April 2017 to March 2018, embarked on a journey of self care. self love, deep listening, self awareness and professional development through Tamalpa UK's Level 1 training course in movement based expressive arts.
Through the course, I explored 7 body parts and discovered aspects of my hisotry and personal mythology that is housed in each of these areas.
I had the invaluable experience of transitioning between movement, drawing, writing, and dialogue to unearth where i am physically, emotionally and mentally.
My Final Self Portrait symbolically represents key learnings and life resources that I discovered and worked with through the course.
Lesley Adjoa Yayra Asare - Artist, Maker and Facilitator