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RAYLA MESHAWN

multidisciplinary artist

 

THA BODY

By tackling the ways in which the black female body has been abused and hypersexualized, we seek to reclaim the sacredness of our inner divinity, in turn enhancing our abilities to impact change our communities starting with ourselves.

Safehouse Arts 

San Francisco, CA

"I would never put being an artist on anyone that wasn’t ready to be misunderstood or disrespected for being passionately alive. There’s much about my existence that I can not apologize for because if it was not for that I would not be resting in my current state. I create from my core and limitlessly, spanning multiple disciplines. I am willing to pick my scars to bring life into the material realm. In spite of being type casted, and approached for endless favors….I remind myself daily of my worth to the lives of those that hold me dearly. If you are not ready to be rejected, the life of an artist is not for you."

Rayla Meshawn

 

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STONEWALL @50 PHILADELPHIA DANCE

Mention in Philadelphia Dance. I accompanied Wit Lopez and vocalists Nolwazi Monique and Sally Louise Polk, and percussionist Mel Regn

 

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

I speak for the historically ignored, systematically categorized, as an advocate for people like myself. The people who want to live in a humane world, where we all have protection and justice. My love of learning about society and the individual propels me to create. My work signifies the complexity of the human experience, the capacity to feel and act paradoxically. I shape my work through the lens of a photographer and manifest dances to create interdisciplinary social psychological pieces.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Fashion, movement, branding, and portraits

 
 

VIDEO ARCHIVE

Multimedia work and collaborations

View more video work, performance footage, and work in progress on my Vimeo and Youtube.