Artist Statement

My art practice is grounded grassroots cultural practices: approaches and methods of cultural and knowledge production that originate in the lived experiences of marginalized communities as a form of resistance and/or healing and/or self-representation, and that develop and come to fruition outside of traditional educational and cultural institutions. As a multi-disciplinary practising artist who did not attend art school, my creativity and artistic inclinations emerge from survival, from ancestral hunger in the pit of my belly, from the refusal to disappear and the deep need to narrate, to create, to survive, to spiritually reconnect, to mourn, to thrive, to reimagine, to reinvent, to heal.

My skills were learnt through self-teaching, trial-and-error and the benevolence of QTPOC (queer, trans, people of color) community members who taught me screen-printing, knitting, body-based work, sewing… My owe my skills to Youtube tutorials, cheap-wig drag, spoken-word nights in humid basements, and the DIY cultures of zine-making & self-publication…

My creative work is inspired by my ancestries, my elders, the many generations of women and femmes of colour in my life who get-by on a daily basis, finding ways to take care of themselves, their families and each other despite not knowing how to read and write; women and femmes whose wealth of knowledge about the world is deep, intelligent, and premised on their own lived experiences; blood and chosen family who learnt to navigate patriarchy and colonialism on plantation islands and attempted to come out of servitude.

I believe that marginalized communities are experts of their own lived experience and that they have tremendous amounts of resources, skills and knowledge that they generate individually and collectively, and that they pass on from generation to generation as a form of survival, community resistance and celebration. These are the pedagogical skills and tools that structure my art practice just as much as these are the stories that inspire me, that I want to tell, that I ought to tell and that allow me to honour the tenacious self-determination and resilience of the queer, trans, radicalized, migrant and femme of colour communities to which I belong.

My work is deeply conceptual and process-oriented: I conduct multi-year research for most of my projects, and I document my process through every stage of development, creating critical community-engaged conversations that feed back into my work, and that build an archive for the future generations. My work is inter-textual and inter-textural, working through a multiplicity of textures in different media including spoken word, performance, poetry, writing, screen-printing, photography, video work and installations. Working across different media allows me to provide multiple narratives and nuanced complexities that, I think, is necessary of any form of emancipatory art. Past and current themes that I have explored in my work include: ancestral haunting, poetics of decoloniality, loss of languages, longing and nostalgia, grieving and healing, family histories, femme of colour resistance, Mauritian history, trans resistance.