As part of the exhibition
« We think in squares, We love in triangles », A – DASH is pleased to invite Adeola Naomi Aderemi to present her new online platform: Distinguished Diva.
Please do join us on Saturday 22nd of April, from 17-20:00 in A – DASH courtyard. Adeola Naomi Aderemi will be here to talk and discuss about the relevance and necessity of her new online platform.
Distinguished Diva is a collective online community of healing, economic empowerment and creation (Writing, Poems, Photography, and all sorts of art) from badass women of colour for women of all colour over the world.
As a black woman, who has lived in incredibly diverse contexts in Africa and Europe, Adeola Naomi Aderemi’s worldview and life experiences have helped her to serve as a cultural bridge that brings people together and promotes greater mutual understanding. Adeola Naomi was born in Nigeria, where she spent the early years of her childhood being raised as a Muslim, and with historical familial roots in the Yoruba religious tradition. As a young girl, her family moved to the Niger Republic where she attended a French school and spent hours learning to recite the Koran alongside reading French literature. When she turned 15 years old, her family picked up and moved to Ioannina, a small city in northern Greece where she lived, studied, and became Christian. It was in Greece that she earned her degree in speech pathology and trained in the biological sciences. The years that have followed have led her to Munich, Essex, Birmingham and Athens, where she trained to become a certified yoga instructor, while also engaging in various forms of art, media, and social activism with organizations in Greece and programs throughout Europe.
Adeola Naomi’s perspective on media representation is informed by living in these varied contexts where women are not equally represented and non white women are marginalised. Having directly experienced life as a black woman–as both a Christian, a Muslim, an artist and a yoga practitioner, she can see the cultural and political complexities involved in trying to initiate change towards promoting equal representation.
As women of colour, a seat at the table will not be given, so Distinguished Diva is her way of building a table. A space for women of colour to gather, share and pool resources on issues that interest them and be actively part of the global narrative.
Distinguished Diva has created a collective online community of healing, economic empowerment and creation (Writing, Poems, Photography, and all sorts of art) from badass women of colour for women of all colour over the world.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story
The Distinguished Diva Collective:
Founder Adeola Aderemi
Editor Sasha Bonét