** Manthia Diawara: …What does departure mean to you?

Édouard Glissant: It’s the moment when one consents not to be a single being and attempts to be many beings at the same time.

This project  began through a simple but important question that I have been confronted with since I was a child, Is this your hair? This question is asked because my hair is black and wavy.

This perennial question has elicited a journey of self discovery of which the point of departure is a focus on my family history. It started with a series of meetings and conversations with my father and mother asking questions about Ayie, my paternal grandmother (arguably a Caucasian) from whom my hair characteristics seem to have originated. Read More