Azarra Amoy is a London based artist working predominately with traditional and mixed media. Born and raised in London, she is a results driven, self- motivated and resourceful ‘creative mind’ with an ability to articulate desired moods, message and concepts.
Mica is a London based Artist and Illustrator. After completing her Illustration BA at university, she has found solace with themes such as the nude and the female body, which serve as the main subjects in her art. Mica pays personal homage to the “Black” female figure, and often combines expressive words in her work to evoke strong, universal messages.
Trained to use traditional drawing and digital media, her style primarily involves creating detailed paper cuts and stencil.
Adama Jalloh studied at Arts University Bournemouth and graduated in Commercial Photography in 2015. Adama's work mainly focuses on social documentary and portraiture, often exploring themes such as race, culture and identity within her work.
Mikéla is a painter, whose work focuses on the representation of black women in society and social media. Her work brings attention to the more positive celebratory imagery of black woman other than the usual westernised representation of them; that being overly sexualized, gold digger, angry black woman, jezebel etc.
The idea of reaffirming the sense of prestige that black women can possess is an important premise throughout her work.
Gabriela is a South-east London based Secret Failed Artist and Political firebrander who enjoys sitting beside trash tv, sipping green tea and talking comparatively about socio-political depravity.
Born from the struggle of articulating academic failures towards mixed race theory, Gabriela started Authorrising after completing another student's questionnaire on the London mixed race girl experience. Feeling as though the questions asked lacked depth into the multi-racial experience, she began asking random people on the internet, strangers and friends to sit down and talk about over-representation of mixed people in mental health institutions, orphanages and the prison system and why Britain's post-racial utopia of mixed 'liberation' is trash. Gabriela forwards the amalgamation of a 'mixed identity' is false and failed.
Instagram : @authorrising
Erin Corrian-Alexis is a 22 year old artist from London. Erin paints with acrylics and oils, often together, focusing particularly on skin textures and the colours that lie beneath. Erin uses her love of painting to tell stories that she leaves open to interpretation.
For Unmasked Women, Erin explores the everyday. There is no profile that can be given to mental health issues, no set of rules that apply.
Erin explores the fine line between the vulnerability and strength of the Black British women around her. The paintings produced for this exhibition aim to highlight the normal-ness in appearance of mental health issues and in turn cause people to think about how close to home these problems can be. The simple stresses of life; work, relationships, our duties as mothers, daughters and examples are those that weigh the most.
Kirsty Latoya also known as KirzArt is a South London digital artist. She specialises in art that inspires and empowers black people, she does this by exploring topics like mental health through her artwork. Kirsty has a unique way of creating her art by simply using an iPad and her finger.
Inspired by all women - brave or afraid, yellow or green, 'right' or 'wrong', family members, friends and strangers. Remi doesn't think we share enough; our thoughts, true feelings as well as our struggles and believes that if we were a little more transparent the possibilities of collective personal growth would be limitless. She wants to see more self-affirming spaces: on TV, social media, within our communities, within our families and in our own minds
Her project was inspired by something she wished existed: a safe space to speak her truth with people who are ready to listen.
Heather Agyepong is a visual artist & photographer who lives and works in London.
Heather attended the University of Kent where she studied a BSc Applied Psychology. She has recently completed an MA in Photography & Urban Cultures in which she was awarded the Kirsty MacColl 2014 Scholarship.
For over five years Heather has gained experience working within the photographic & performance arts realms with a range of works that have been published, performed and exhibited.
Heather has a keen interest in psycho-dynamics and how visual culture impacts mental and physical well being. She is also interested in visual sociology, performance, re-imagination, the archive and activism.
Juliana Kasumu is a photographer based in London, who uses traditional photography methods to shoot her subjects. Working between portraiture and documentary, Juliana's work often highlights issues surrounding themes of race, femininity and identity.