Where did you grow up?

Born and raised in South East London.

What musician changed your life?

Music is life. First person to come to mind is Eddie Hazel, the lead guitarist from Parliament-Funkadelic. Also, Solange is God.

 

What more can be done within Europe for black creators to achieve the recognition they deserve?

I think it depends on the kind of recognition black creators want. Who do black people want recognition from, and why? I think what's important is funding these spaces, so more can open and CONTINUE TO STAY OPEN. 

White figures are seldom the subject in your artwork - why?

Figures in general are becoming rare in my work, though the idea might still be there - I don't know how I feel about that. That being said, I feel it's 100% possible for me to make art, "black art", for black people without showing black bodies, figures or physical beings. I don't think it's possible to discuss my black identity and the "politics" of blackness without alluding to white people and their choices, unfortunately. My aim isn't to make art for white audiences.

What is your earliest memory?

I was probably between 6 - 8 years old and my first baby tooth fell out. I put it under my pillow for the tooth fairy aka mum. My mum kept forgetting to exchange it for money. It took a few days. But she finally exchanged my tooth with a 50p coin and the loveliest, sweetest handwritten letter.

"Who do black people want recognition from, and why?"

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