I make art that is influenced by Somali culture and history. The horn of Africa is a historical gateway between Africa and Asia. Somali culture is rich in influences including other African cultures, Persian, Ottoman, Arab and Indian culture.
Since the Somali civil war the arts scene in the Somali community has suffered. I am part of a new generation of Somalis who have grown up since then who want to create art that challenges the negative depiction of Somalis and Africans in general.
My work include themes of nomadic Somali culture, historical depictions, medieval Africa, epic fantasy, Islamic spiritual themes and afrofuturism.
The title of this article is a reference to Warsan Shire’s book: Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
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