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I think that the image I’ve made visualises the strong identity of the collective that is constantly growing and multiplying and that has a high degree of alertness and activity. When you watch Ali perform the poem, you can also see the joy that he brings to it, in a high ‘Wheee!’ This gives the ‘we’ many meanings for me: the happy child on a swing (Wheee!), the cry of union with our ancestors, or the exclamation that now activates all your (hidden) talents to work together.

What conversation would you like to start with the public through your work?

I hope people ask themselves these questions: Who am I today? What can I do today? What can ‘we’ mean together?

What does Black Lives Matter mean to you personally?

Support! Power! Commitment!

Past, present or future – which has the most influence on your work?

My work comes from within, where past, present and future live together. That’s why my work is never influenced by one time, and that’s something that always happens indirectly.

Anything else you’d like to share?

“Who is the greatest? Me / Wheeeee!!”


Shertise Solano's work Me/We can be seen in the Rotterdam metro (at Dijkzicht, Blaak, Centraal, Zuidplein, Wilhelminaplein, Schiedam Centrum and Kralingsezoom stations) throughout July 2020.

G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children was made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Het Nieuwe Instituut
The Ummah Chroma
Marina Otero Verzier (Director of Research), Katía Truijen (Senior Researcher)
Lauri Faggioni
Erin WIle
Maud Vervenne
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht