digital commission: where we come from / chiizii

 tiata fahodzi are proud advocates of Fly The Flag, a campaign marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and celebrating what those rights bring us as individuals and as artists. We’ve commissioned art director, visual artist and textile designer Chiizii to create a flag inspired by human rights and what they mean to her. 

Title: “Where We Come From”
Mixed Media. 2019 
 
“Where We Come From” incorporates imagery that may be familiar to those living in Africa and of African ancestry/descent. Kente Fabric, Screen printed net, rich textured polyester and dyed denim. An array of vibrant colours, a man selling what is known as Suya in Nigeria and Ghana, all present imagery that could be found in African homes, markets in African based lifestyle. This is paired with Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Cultural rights are inseparable from Human Rights. It is a piece that proudly celebrates where we come from, a celebration that is a human right. 
 

Chiizii is a visual artist and textile designer, born and currently based in London, raised in New York with an eastern Nigerian Igbo background. Her work serves as a means of social commentary, expression of thoughts and analysis through studying others and herself. There is a specific emphasis on Black cultures, that of her own and that she has connected with. These cultures are examined not as “other” but as standard or normal, where the blackness of these cultures is not ignored but rather other qualities are given space to be examined.

Website chiizii.persona.co | Instagram: @chiizii

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