Art of Effah

Double Consciousness

This collaborative body of work by Daniel Effah and Fatima Said borrows inspiration from William E. B. Du Bois’ concept of Double Consciousness in his book The Souls of Black Folk. The notion of Double Consciousness focuses on the African American identity of feeling as though your identity is divided into several parts, making it difficult or impossible to have one unified identity. 

The perception of Double Conscious as “looking at one’s self through the eyes of others” also draws parallel to the African diaspora experience. Members grapple with their cultural identity, questioning and revivifying one’s self as they navigate these different spaces. The incorporation of movement within the series also draws similarities between the authors as migration is integral to the African diaspora, as well as highlighting on the amalgamation of modernity and tradition of one's identity in the diaspora. The series reflects on the different experiences of the authors throughout their childhood, adolescent and adulthood raising questions on race, gender, and religion. Both subjects invite the viewer into different aspects of the lives, projecting their evolving identities from growing expectations as an African immigrant.