Mayfly’s performance based work uses various forms of storytelling to facilitate cathartic processing of their experiences. The sung element of their practice began as a way to self-soothe in an institutional setting whereconcerns about confidentiality meant these felt like their only safe form of testimony. In addition to the sung work they research Kariba Dam as a sitethrough which to queer national narratives relating to their country of birth Zimbabwe.

Practice: Multi- Disciplinary Artist
Location: London

What do you find most inspiring about the [art] world right now?

I find the people across generations and experiences in the different artistic communities that I’ve come across, interacted with and learnt from the most inspiring. Especially people who are fighting everyday to just be themselves and the entirety of themselves and don’t want to compartmentalise or conform. I find those people most inspiring. Especially in a context where people are underfunded, under supported, undervalued and still persist, deliver, gift and share pieces of magic that you kind of walk in, see and didn’t know that was what you needed that day. I don’t think it’s sustainable for people to give that much without any supportive infrastructure especially with performance but nevertheless these are the people who inspire me and who I learn from and are grateful for.

What do you want to convey to the rest of the world?

I just like to convey what’s been conveyed to me I guess, again by people who’ve helped me to realise for myself that those random bits that don’t fit, the coping mechanisms, the self soothing, the self presencing, the weird personally evolved rituals that I use as subconscious resistance to get through the day. Those need to be for someone like me centred and validated as surviving practice.

Tell us about a creative (queer POC) the world should be paying attention to.

A queer person of colour the world should definitely be paying attention to is the wonderful Halima Haruna who works primarily with video and like Halima the work is extremely smart. It’s just really interesting the way refusals around translation and different methods of tying different contexts of visual languages work together on the screen. I’m really excited to see their work at the degree show in September as part of Goldsmiths’ Research Architecture Show where Halima is finishing up her MA. I would definitely check that out.