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    Vol. iii

    Returning Home

    — vol. iii

    From which we came and how we have kept ourselves grounded.


    Video · June 24, 2018

    Motherland Guadeloupe

    Growing up in London, a truly multicultural city, I believe it's critically important to have a sense of self. Having a French Caribbean mother who comes from a robust Parisian background, a German stepfather who never lets me forgot how raw and punk London was in the '80s, and a Bajan father who oozes South London culture and confidence, I was inevitably curious about culture and heritage. I moved to Paris when I was 18, fresh out of the sixth form, having decided that exploring where I was from was far more important to me than going to university. Through years of family trips all over — from small towns in the Czech Republic where the locals had apparently never seen anyone like me to summer camps in Italy and Greece where I would find myself surrounded by white German teens — I learned very quickly that I needed to know who I was, but also that I needed to learn about others.

    I love Paris. I love being French and having the passport to back it up. However, I love that I'm not limited to being just French. I pride myself on also being from Guadeloupe. My mother has made sure that my brother and I go back once a year. Even though I no longer live in Europe, I still take time every December to be with my family in Guadeloupe — to keep that part of my heritage ever-present in my life and to bring back a piece of the French Caribbean every time I come home to NYC. I re-connect to understand Guadeloupe's history and culture and to reinforce my identification as both French and French Caribbean. I'm grateful for every moment I can engage with someone else's culture. The more we engage with one another and embrace each other's culture, the more compassion I believe we will show for each other.

    I made this short film with a good friend of mine from London who, like me, understands the power of travel. We wanted to show the fusion of Guadeloupe and my style, which I would describe as entirely "free”. A few of my aesthetic decisions are frowned upon back in the Caribbean. But that's cool. As I said, it's important to understand who you are. Yes, I'm from Guadeloupe, but I'm also from Germany, from Paris, from London.


    Director and videographer — Leila Afghan (@leilaafghan)

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    Mimi Quiquine

    My name Maia but many people know me as Mimi. I'm a young French British artist living in New-York with my husband. I spend most of my time either playing with pigments on people's faces, planning world domination, smoking weed or a combination of all three. I'm at my happiest hiking in the Caribbean or watching a movie in an empty theatre.

    This story is part of Returning Home, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

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