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My work seeks to return, disrupt and disarm the western gaze. In taking control of my own image, I no longer have to choose between erasure and exotification. I use fabric to represent identity and the barriers I ‘face’ because of it. Here and every day, I battle with religion, culture, blackness, love, gender, nationality, and what it means to be seen as other in a world of everyone else.

Interview with the artist