As an artist, my job is to observe and comprehend the events happening around me to their point of origin. In the past years, I have developed numerous projects through which I tell stories and find meaning within my surrounding. One of those projects is a series titled “Circle”.
In the “Circle” series, I create an atmosphere; a space between reality and fantasy; a mirrored world. It is where I practice more of the spiritual and physical conspicuousness observations, questions, answers, and results of my long individual research about our existence; where we came from, where we are going, and who we are.
From the beginning of time, Africa has been a rich land fostering human history and spirituality with a high potential for revolutionary abundance. Our diverse beliefs, languages, culture, and character are some means of power we haven’t yet brought together. A circle of power you may even call it. And yet, different events kept us from joining our ends to form that power circle. And so, I asked, “What is stopping us?” “Where is this poison feeding on our unity?” After assessing my thoughts, I decided to study this poison and to fight against it the best way I know, my art; my voice.
We have a system that has been feeding in the dark for years and is now big enough to hunt in daylight. I depicted that system with a snake. And in this triptych, I experimented on the ancient history of the Ethiopian King Agabos and the giant snake Wainimba.
Thousands of years ago, there lived a giant snake named “Wainimba” who fed on the people of the village and their animals eventually leaving them hungry and poor for four hundred years. One time, Agabos (Father of the great Queen Sheba/ Makeda), who was just a traveler by then, received a message from God on how to kill this giant snake and save the people from all the misery it brought on them. Upon his victory, the villagers made Agapo their king.
I think of the system we are governed by as the giant snake; getting bigger and bigger each time it fed on our peace, unity, love, wisdom, and fears. The entire system around our world is against the human circle, the human community. Humans were created to live freely, but with moral freedom. And I say, just like Agapo used his message to kill Wainimba, I believe I can also battle this system that is dividing and wearying us, through my art.
I conclude my statement by asking all to observe the similarities between the system and the giant snake. I urge every one of us to live in our truest form under the philosophy of a circle and everything it represents; wholeness, original perfection, self, infinity, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, non-existence and eternity, no beginning and no end, sun, universe, center, power, energy, enlightenment, and time.
I believe the philosophy of a circle is a sacred state our survival depends on.