In my notebook I am dealing with the issue of my identity.
I was born from a migrant family and I grew up understanding that although I was living in Zimbabwe I was not considered to be part of it. I was called names, I was made to feel like an outsider. The process in the notebook I am making is to reconcile myself to my identity, to not reject where I come from, my project is about reasserting myself, reclaiming my dignity, despite of the country where I am living and that does not consider me part of it, even if I was born here and I am a citizen.
One thing that came through the workshop is that most of the time that we are trying to express ourselves we are using “we”, “us”, “them” and I realized that the more we speak like that the less we are representing our own thought processes, we begin to think collectively. This helped me to understand that now I have to speak for myself, I have to say “I” and my thoughts become much clearer.
I now look at my work and I can separate the issues that are global and general and find the things that concern me most, that are intimate and I feel that these are the things I should be talking about with my own authentic voice. That’s the only way to make people understand what I am talking about and therefore make a difference.
“I grew up understanding that although I was living in Zimbabwe I was not considered to be part of it.”
Nyadzombe Nyampenza — AtWork Harare participant