SHARING THE STORIES OF THIRD CULTURE KIDS
In July 2017, I embarked on a research journey that sought to find the connection between third culture Afro-Kiwi identity construction, migration and representation through the creation of content. One of my observations is that the portrayal of people of African descent in the media can be remedied by collectively researching, educating and engaging in action activities as a tool for social change: externally and most importantly, internally. The colonizer, the master, and all those who benefit from oppressive discourses are not obligated to listen to us, to legitimize us, to make us matter. Our desires to heal, to transform, to disrupt, to explode, to find peace, to engage in non-violence toward self, and, by extension, toward the world have the potential for multiple border crossings”. My intention for this body of work is for it to be a contribution to us owning our representation, narratives and stories, for it to be a symbol of us writing a story for us by us. It is intended to be something that transforms us inside and out.
So who are the Storytellers? The Storytellers are the sisters, the brothers, the youth and all the migrant others who’s identities and selves are constantly being reconstructed as they un/learn, decolonize, reclaim and piece together the elements of their multifaceted identities.