Day 44: Valerie Ebuwa

There is so much we can all learn from today’s creative (@valerie_ebuwa on Instagram) I don’t know where to begin… I am in awe of, and thankful for, this incredible creative woman and everything she makes/ creates/ educates. It gives me SO MUCH pleasure to introduce Valerie to the fem fam.

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
Hey!!!! My name Valerie Ebuwa (@valerie_ebuwa) and I am a freelance dance artist born and raised in East London. As well as dancing, I write, model and use it all as apart of my activism.

How did you develop your practice?
I developed my practice by trying and failing at every single little thing I’ve ever been interested in. Being boxed as a dancer simply wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to do a disservice to my interests or my creativity so I literally practiced everything. I practiced writing by taking myself to shows and writing about them! I practiced modelling by taking myself to castings and getting friends to take photos of me and modelling for new, upcoming designers. It’s called a practice for a reason. 

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
Life inspires me! People, music, art, dance the weather, London. I love my practice because it never gets boring! I do so many things if I am tired of one, I can go back to another. And I LOVE IT! 🙂

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
Well being a black women who is surviving and thriving in general makes us all (black women) creative feminists I believe. Feminism is about the equality of the sexes and black women face inequality particularly in regards to the representation of their white female counterparts in terms of feminism. So in my opinion what that means is educating people on the intersections that need to be considered before calling yourself a feminist, let alone creative one. I make work that deals with dismantling not only patriarchy but the bigger injustice which is in fact racism. Creative feminists should all look to racism as their first point of call for action in this world.

From Valerie’s insightful journey and analysis of what it means to have a creative ‘practice’ and her love for life in all its inspirational forms to her call to raise awareness of race as a central and defining injustice and issue of feminism, I am so thankful to welcome Valerie to the fem fam. So please show Valerie lots of love and thanks by following her page @valerie_ebuwa and by commenting your thoughts below! Thank you sharing your words of wisdom with us Valerie.

Image credits:
1. @_hollyphoto 
2. @kirktruman 
3. @cliffordjago 
4. Sara Kuan
5. @henrygorse 
6. @kittyvog 
7. @smouldering_cats 
8. @cliffordjago

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