My History Is Now by Edinah Chewe

Day 1 — Poster posted on January 31, 2024

Edinah Chewe

Located: United Kingdom

Tell us about yourself:

I’m Edinah, an interdisciplinary artist co-mingling within various fields of communication. Partnering with muses, organisations, and storytellers alike, I create transatlantic visual works designed to make a socially positive and ever-transcending impact.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

Experiencing history is a timeless adventure, one that continues to inspire symbolic gestures. Galvanised to explore this further, I decided to depict a series of hands courageously reaching out to honour their individual stories.

Impassioned by this narrative, the various styles of hands and flowing ribbon act as a visual reminder of the enduring power that unites us in collective histories and time, while inviting us to engage in ongoing dialogues that transcend generations.

Why do you love being creative?

Joy is our birthright, a sensation that should be recognised and acknowledged daily. But it’s unfortunate we live in a society where we often have to search for this feeling. Because of this, it’s my mission to instil doses of joy throughout my every day. Occasionally this looks like cooking and conversations, drawing or even trying something entirely new; regardless of the outlet, they each inspire me and influence my creative expressions.

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

It can be challenging to find spaces and communities of support. That’s why, early on, I opted to create graphics, art, and works that reflected me and where I was currently at. By doing so, I organically yet unexpectedly started receiving invites to continue exploring life this way. Although it doesn’t solve the innate problem, it’s a collective way to liberate Black people by ensuring we’re represented. In focusing on ourselves, we therefore create what’s right for us.

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