Mai’a ‘who should have been named Nikki’ according to the poet, Nikki Giovanni, is a visionary and media maker. She has lived and worked in the Middle East, southern Mexico and east Africa with refugee and displaced women under the threat of violence, also she has organized and accompanied communities and persons within the US/Canadian urban landscape, engaging in issues including: race, working poor, sex work, prisons, drug addiction, police brutality, and queer rights. Living in Cairo, Egypt, she is a free lance writer, poet, journalist, zinester, photographer, multi-media performer, and outlaw midwife.
She has dedicated her body and life to stopping by any means necessary and possible the violence (whether it be state, military, communitarian, medical, domestic, etc.) that threatens our survival on this earth and to co-creating with you revolutionary, liberatory communities.
Growing up, I wrote, illustrated, and performed stories of far off lands to survive the violence around me. I weave birth/death/re-birth images, because art is my path of survival, creating beauty in the midst of abuse. My interactive digital media holds sacred space for our pain while confronting the powers-that-be’s genocide against us. With photographs, drawings, found materials, writings, and performance art I document my nomadic life, my fight for the people I love and the power of mothers and communities in the face of annihilation.
contact me : maiamedicine at gmail dot com