I watched the lake freeze from outside my window at the beginning of the winter and now in slowly watching it return.
i will be African
even if you want me to be german
and i will be german
even if my blackness does not suit you
i will go
yet another step further
to the farthest edge
where my sisters – where my brothers stand
o u r
i will go
yet another step further and another step and
when i want
borderless and brazen
MAY AYIM (1960 - 1996)
This poem by May Ayim reflects the experience of young Africans born outside the Continent: being African and German (or French or Italian), being German (or French or Italian) and Black at the same time.
This is the beauty of having two souls: they fuse and move synergically beyond any border allowing you to be “here and there” at the same instant.
Brazilian artist Rodrigo Torres creates stunning three-dimensional collages by carefully cutting and layering currency from all over the world. Insane!