I AM - Behind the scenes

Can you believe how fast time moves? This time next month we will probably be winding down from the exhibition opening night or still sleeping in after a night of sharing the stories we have been so honoured to hear and being surrounded by everyone that has supported the movement from day one. Next month Africa on My Sleeve will also be three years old - I can't believe we survived the terrible two's (but that's a story for another day)!

Over the last year it has been an absolute honour being invited into people's homes, spaces they feel the most comfortable at and being shown an element or aspect of them that enables them to be who they are. Not only has it been an honour but it has also been such a humbling experience. When I listen back to the interviews we have had with people, the conversations are so deep and healing at the same time. From exploring the definition of a transitional generation to hearing everyone's experiences with integration, how they define themselves in the world and how they are on a journey to connecting with the true essence of their being. It has also been an opportunity to truly understand what being African in the diaspora means on an individual level.

As we countdown the days till the exhibition we just wanted to say thank you to everyone that has shared an element of their being with us, it is truly an honour. We are working tirelessly to ensure that you are represented the way that you want to, we are working to ensure that your story is told in the most natural way that remains true to you and finally we are honoured in you taking the journey with us to re-writting the narrative of Africans in the diaspora. Thank you thank you!!

If you are interested in attending the exhibition, we would be happy to see some familiar and new faces. Check out our Facebook page for more details otherwise see you on the 25th of April at 5pm at Studio One (1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland).

PRESS RELEASE - I AM African lives in New Zealand photographic exhibition

Johnny Osburne - Auckland show