COMING SOON - - - MAY 2021: MY KARITSYE BY ERIC ‘1KEY’ NGANGARE ---  JUNE 2021: IZIBONGO BY PRINCESS ZINZI MHLONGO --- JULY 2021: Dúna Dúrà (The Negotiation) BY JUMOKE SANWO - - - AUGUST 2021: ART BLOOMS IN UNCERTAINTY BY OMNIA SHAWKAT - - - OCTOBER 2021: NEW ORDER FUTURE(S) 0F SPECULATIVE/ ARCHIVES BY ALI AL-ADAWY - - - NOVEMBER 2021: YASMIN BY ZOUBIDA MSEFFER






ARAFA CYNTHIA HAMADI


THE KUJIONA SERIES


  Kusanya, Jifunze and Jione (Top to Bottom) of Kujiona Series. 2020. Kilif, Kenya

In this series, I explore my culture with an intent to fnd myself within it. I am from Dar-es-Salaam, and I have found myself actively and inactively living in other towns along this Swahili coast. This has led me to a process of relearning about my home, the cultures and the people who live here. The KujionaSeries is born from this process, and includes the conversations and creations I have accumulated in  the past three months.

The frst part of the series – images of a scavenged and painted Swahili dhow – follows a three part progression that moves from collecting (Kusanya), relearning (Jifunze) and reimagining oneself (Jione).  Through this work, I hope to present a very personal process of rediscovering my culture and an intentional repositioning of myself and my queer identity.

The titular meditative flm, Kujiona, follows the  progression of a protagonist, myself, having two conversations. The frst is with the scavenged dhow that I have created an artwork out of. The second is a conversation with Kevin Mwachiro – a queer Swahili man who has also found himself through engaging with the coast. This is presented through snippets overlaid with sounds from the coast that are familiar, and I hope this captures the continuous dialogue I am having with my home.











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