Meet the artists making women of colour truly seen

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali poet and photographer, living just outside London. She is 20 and a politics student at SOAS, University of London. Like many people her age, she spends a lot of time in her bedroom, listening to pop music and browsing YouTube. While she does all that, though, she is quietly revolutionising the way Muslim women and women of colour are portrayed in our culture. Her photography, and the Instagram account where she features it, has started garnering her international attention. Her poetry is also getting her places – she has been a Barbican Young Poet, in 2015 won the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry, and is an active presence in the London spoken word scene.

Said’s photographs are sensual, sensitive, almost mystical. They are tranquil and vibrant at once, playing with clothes, nature and cityscapes. But their power goes well beyond the aesthetics – Said uses her images to carve a space in culture for the community of artists, poets and creative women she portrays.

We sat down with Said and three of the women she has photographed: Rachel Long, a poet, facilitator and founder of the Octavia Poetry collective; Rena Minegishi, a poet and student of a master’s degree in electronic music; andSunayana Bhargava, a poet and astrophysics student. Here is their edited conversation about tokenism, being sexualised, the male and white gazes, how the internet has given them a community and self-image.

Read More: The Guardian

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