#PORTRAIT is a monthly practice aiming to shift more focus to the creative individual. Getting to know a creative mind can be the link to new layers of inspirations and knowledge, yet too often it gets overlooked by formalities. This initiative sheds light on the 'unique', 'universal' and 'recent' virtues of Creatives with the goal to uncover what they have to offer beyond their skills, positions and influence.
Ayomide Tejuoso (Plantation)
Photographer, Video & Installation Artist
I think a unique virtue I am learning to have is kindness, making others feel safe. As an African, living in Europe has been so difficult, for it is so isolating and individualistic. It has often driven me to deep depression spells. But love and safety heals, it breathes new life; being around people that give, give their time, energy and grace, heals deeply. And I believe doing the same to others is imperative, making safe hubs, safe communes, where people feel like they can exist as themselves.
Universal virtues I feel people can learn from are kindness and humility. I think this is why Virgi Abloh was loved so deeply, for someone of his caliber, decided to give space for young minds. He centered humility and grace in his work, and provided support for so many black voices. I think these are the most imperative virtues: being a light for others, and making people feel like they can grow with you.
I wont say it is a virtue, but I am trying to learn how to process jealousy. I can be a jealous person for I have pockets of insecurities. I want to learn to praise others more, trust my own process, and grow without competition. I think this is really important, for I don't want my jealousy to affect how others feel around me. I really want to grow as an artist, and develop my character, making others feel safe around me.
Written and Edited by Julia Horvath
Image Courtesy of Ayomide Tejuoso (Plantation)