My mother bought me my first diary when I was in grade 3 and in the motion of cliches, it was of course, my keeper of secrets. I found companionship in writing, it was my opening encounter with the ritual of creating.
I kept on journaling [somewhat] consistently throughout all the years of discovery and disaster because words and writing help me process life; the validity of my emotions and experience never questioned but rather translated through the making. My words are the most important thing I own.
My works are extended and fleshed out journal entries that metamorphosed into form. The voice and tone ranging from a playful grade 3 foreigner; an identity anxious teenager, a 24-year-old activist and a slightly paranoid maker unsettling into adulthood.
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Valerie Asiimwe Amani, is an award winning artist from Dar es salaam, Tanzania. Her multi-disciplinary approach incorporates textile, poetry, moving image and digital collage; experimenting with notions of memory, hybrid spirituality and body.
She is also a writer, curator and art educator - mentoring emerging artists within her community.
Her work has been featured in various international exhibitions, and publications. including “The Main Complaint” at the Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town and has given talks on Art and Activism with The Royal African society and Open Society initiative for Southern Africa. She has just completed an MFA at the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Art.