Last year, I was lucky to attend a creative enterprise class. They brought guest speakers who were successful Kenyan artists to talk about their experiences. This is one of the best things anyone has ever told me about being an artist. We are the keepers of memory. Beautiful words by Wanuri Kahiu.
And now I am learning how to create sustainable change in my community, those words gain even more power. To make change, you must be ready to change yourself. To change yourself, you must be ready to face who you really are. To face your fears. To face yourself is to understand who you are. And who we really are lies deeply in our subconscious. This where everything we have done and experienced lies. Our memories hold the keys to our subconscious.
To be conscious is to be awake to the truth of who you are and why you do why you do. You will not be happy until the day you decide to face who you are.
At the same time, we are deeply connected to one another. We share a collective memory as human beings. We share a common subconscious and must be aware of it too. To be an artist is to keep alive this collective memory we all share. For you see, we are the keepers of memory.
It is a sacred duty and I am happy to up hold it.