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, I think I am having a blast being so young because everything feels like it is for me. I am discovering so many new things about London right now and it is cool!
Being a Black young adult in London, how do you feel life treats you?
I think I am always being reminded of that. That’s something I dislike about this life. Despite feeling like every opportunity is directed towards me as a young adult, it feels like someone’s still whispering in my ear that it is not for me, because I’m black. I’ve never felt that this world was made with me in mind, a lot of the time I do not even think about my skin colour but there is always something that someone will say/or act that’ll be a reminder.
In the LGBTQ+ world and being a queer, is it difficult to be so in London?
I don’t think I can speak much on the queer experience, because although I have had some hardships, I think the community that I have surrounded myself with have been supportive and open minded. Enough that it has been few and far between. I am seeing more LGBTQ+ conscious bars and a lot of exhibitions and talks dedicated to this conversation, which I find awesome. I think that is comforting thought that there are many places opening opportunities for us even if we may not necessarily go.
As an artist, do you feel London provides enough for your creativity? Especially for your age range.
I have mentioned before, I feel like every opportunity is being pointed in my direction. I mean London is where it’s at. I think there are a great number of places to discover, meet new people and collaborate. I suppose the only downside is, everything costs money that as a young adult may not come so easy to you. But I would not want to to be in any other city in the United Kingdom, to express my creativity.
How would you describe your artistic work?
What’s your favourite artistic piece? And proudest creative achievement?
What are your feelings on today’s art world and written world? In comparison to the past.
Young artists from London that influence you?
What’s going to be your next movement in your work?
In terms of your creative future, what do you think it holds?
Do you find a success in art, exclude the matter of fame and wealth, do you believe one can succeed purely from being who you are and do what you do?