Hetepu (peace and many blessings)
I am Imani Sorhaindo and I have lived in Ipswich since 1976, when I came here with my family from the beautiful island of Dominica. I have worked as a community volunteer for over 40 years, and I am a business owner, qualified holistic health practitioner and teacher.
I have a very strong sense of self and a positive sense of identity as an African woman living in Suffolk. I feel I bring a creative and fresh look to the project, ensuring that an African perspective is embedded into it, and that there is a re-distribution of power in terms of the narrative within the Museum. I got involved because if we are not part of the solution, and part of shaping projects, there will always be a Euro-centric view directing Suffolk events. New ways are opening up for collaboration, unity and equality, instead of tokenistic consultations when BME communities are simply on the peripheries. I wanted to be part of a central body which creates change in Suffolk, and ART is very powerful in shaping and promoting false ideology or truthful ideologies. So here I am!
I sincerely hope that the exhibition impacts positively for all those who attend and go on this wonderful journey. Costumes from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Suffolk, who would have thought it! But to me, the important question is WHAT IMPACT will this have on Suffolk life? I hope people feel able to share their own stories about who they are, and their heritage and culture as a result of the exhibition. No more can we all stay silenced. It’s time to create a rich tapestry in Suffolk, and this can only happen when all people are free and have equal access to all areas of life activity.
It has been challenging process for me as a Black woman being involved as we can often feel so over-consulted, but I have enjoyed the rich and challenging discussions, shared perspectives, honest critique and laughter at the meetings. Thank you for the experience I had being a Community Curator.