Proud of my African Heritage, I explore the nature of Identity from a global perspective, including how I fit in as a Black African Woman, while dealing with issues of being a Targeted Individual. I am a Zimbabwe born Lens Based Artist, currently living in UK. Academically, I attained a place for a Masters Degree Program at De Montfort University, UK and qualified with a Post Graduate Degree in Photography where my artistic skills where established and I was published in a book, Making Photographs by my Program leader Mike Simmons . I am also a holder of a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography from the same university, where I studied development of Still and Moving Images. I embrace photography as the later practice in a long line of artistic practices right from the caveman who left us with a record of their daily lives written on rocks and stones. Unlike the cave man, in the digital age our walls have changed to digital platforms. We are all artists and are leaving traces of our existence to be found. University allowed me to develop a high form of visual language but my technical development began as a student at Sandwell College, West Bromwich, UK, where my academic journey in Photography started with an HNC. I had several experiences at Sandwell College that boosted my confidence, motivated and made me fall in love with Photography. One of those experiences was getting invited to publish my work alongside Martin Parr at the then The Public and at the Lighthouse Cinema and Gallery in Wolverhampton
Afrocentric View On or Off ? (2013)
While studying Photography, I came across a UK Government Report on
Future Identities by Sir Beddington (2013) which gave me an insight into how Identities have been developed in the past and how the Internet was going to change our preconcieved ideas of our identity and others. I did an introspective look at how my identity as a Black African Woman was perceived and regarded both online and in real life. Are we at the cusp of stereotypes or our perspectives are changing?
Using self portraiture as her frame of reference, Winnie Mangwende questions the nature of identity in a modern digital world, with particular reference to online social networking. The personas that people portray in these virtual forums may not accurately reflect who they are, and their online character may be disguised or distorted in some way, thereby controlling what we are allowed to see and what remains hidden“
Afrocentric View On or Off ? (2013). Published in Making Photographs by Dr Mike Simmons
As observed by Mike Simmons, my former tutor and Programme Leader for MA Photography at De Montford University, UK in his book Making Photographs (pg 80-81)