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THE LIFE OF A QUEER, BLACK, FEMALE ARTIST

AN ARTIST BORN & RAISED IN LONDON This is Naya Aka-Kwarm, 20 year old artist, born and raised in North London. She is currently working as a bartender part-time,  also a poet and a film maker with her brother. Where are you based in London, describe your environment?  Well where I grew up was pretty rough. It didn’t feel rough but reminiscing on it, and seeing it as it is now, it was, still kind of definitely rough. Although I still reside in North London, I spend most of my time East where things feel a lot different. Definitely a lot more diverse that is for sure. Explain the life of a young adult in London, how do you feel life is for you?  I mean as expensive as London is, it is never going to be that easy for someone that is young and working class. In this moment,…

ANOTHER KIND OF LIFE – EXHIBITION REVIEW

Photography on the Margins. . . THE BARBICAN CENTRE PRESENTS AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXHIBITION A translucent thought into what the world could be and what could seem to be, forms from  this mind-blowing exhibition of photography. Experiences like this barely exist, depending on what type of person you are and how you perceive your life. Being the thoughtful thinker that I myself am, and exposing myself to this exhibition brought harmony to my soul. As an artist, creator and a writer, to know that there were these photographers that were alive and some still are. You witness this overwhelming feeling of emotion when you walk around the gallery, it is incredibly heart-warming. Gazing upon the 20 photographers with such diversities, the exhibit opens your mind focusing it to witness and read. I am refusing to speak details of the work, names of pieces, from this exhibition. As for…

AN ASIAN EXPERIENCE – ONLY 10 HOURS AWAY FROM LONDON

10 Hour flight; to explore a vibrant cultured world that is China. Take the time to open your eyes to China, Asia’s most historic and influential countries. China’s in depth mixed environment of mass population, to the endless range of creative, historic and astonishing architecture. If your emotions run wild in travelling, let them run wild here. ‘China is a nation with a five-thousand-year history.’ If you were to follow the similar experiences I myself went through, within this beautiful country that I’ll be discussing. Explore the areas of Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. I will be covering brief explanations of my most intriguing moments and memories I had. Travelling across China for 9 days, non-stop with Tour Guides (John, Lily and colleagues: as pictured below). It was all so vast, that more would need to be written. Best to keep it short and sweet! The Environment & Architecture. . .…

THE BEAUTIES OF BOSTON THROUGH THE EYES OF A NEW LONDONER

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived a fair amount of my childhood there. When my family and I moved to Greece, I would go back almost every year and spent my summers with my family and friends. Thanks to my sweet grandfather (as I also mention in my bio) I have been and seen some of the most beautiful places while living there but also when visiting; parks, libraries, museums and markets are a few to mention. My last trip to Boston was many years ago, so you can imagine how happy I was when I was told that I would be going back last January. I was excited that I was going to be able to see how much the city had changed and evolved through all these years. I booked my tickets from London to Boston and couldn’t wait to get on the plain! Today I…

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