“Daima” means "for ever" in Kiswahili and is the name chosen for an exciting book project by Afro-German photographer Nzitu Mawakha.
"Daima" is a visual statement about women of colour in Germany, their power and their resilience. In the book, a beautiful collection of selected black and white photographic portraits is presented. From intimate representations of two ladies confiding in each other, through lively group pictures of sistahs together, to beautiful individual portraits: this book captures the interactions of Black German women in a variety of settings. Mawakha presents a unique collection of striking images and combines these with texts, where the women portrayed focus their gaze on the reader-viewer and where the women portrayed are the ones to ask the questions.
Daima will be the third publication in the Witnessed Series (www.startnext.de/witnessed).
The aim of this project is to publish a beautiful collection of photographs portraying Black German women and Black women who live - or have lived - in Germany. Twelve women altogether are presented.
The process of producing this book however is also a very important outcome of the project. Throughout the last few months, the ladies involved have reflected on their lives, their relationships and their journeys. They have exchanged thoughts and opinions with each other and they have been encouraged to see themselves through the eyes of other Black women - an empowering process.
This project is primarily for Black women in the African diaspora. There are very few photograph books created by us for us. This book is particularly unique, as it makes the Black German experience accessible to other Black women in English-speaking contexts. However, this project is also for all those who would like to broaden their own horizons, who would like to gain a perspective of the world - perhaps even of themselves - that they had not until now considered before.
This project will provide countless Black girls and young women with positive role models. It will inspire other Black women to continue to connect with each other. Finally, it will honour one special Black German woman who has passed away: Juliane Wonja Michael.
Moreover, this project adds to the already numerous testaments of the Black German experience. It is the third publication in the Witnessed Series - the first two publications were already successfully crowd funded through Startnext (www.startnext.de/witnessed and www.startnext.de/also-by-mail)
We would very much like your support for this project - financial if you can manage it, but also symbolically, by sharing information about it through your networks for example. In advance: Thank you!
"Daima" is due to be published later this year in October 2013. We need a minimum of 800 € to cover the costs of copy editing & proofreading, layout and design. The book will also be launched in October in Frankfurt (during the book fair). We will produce an exhibition and publicity materials, which will cost at least 400 €.
In the event that more than 1200 € is raised here, the excess funds will go towards the funding the exhibition which is planned in cooperation with the August Bebel Institute in March 2014.
The project partners are:
- Mokoari Street Productions, (Berlin Lesotho) a film company
- Phoenix e.V., an empowerment and anti-racist training organisation
- edition assemblage, the publishing project and
- Sharon Dodua Otoo, author and editor of the Witnessed series
The Daima exhibition is currently showing in Berlin-Wedding (August-Bebel-Institut, Müllerstr. 163). Please see the website (in German) for more details: http://august-bebel-institut.de/ab-14-februar-daima-frauen-bewegung-feminismen-identitaten/