She was born in 1989 in DRC. Rafiki is an artist, curator, and editor. She lives in Oslo, Norway.
As an interdisciplinary artist, she uses textile, text, and photography to re-imagine and challenge the stereotypical depiction of spaces, contexts, identities, and the people who are affected by Global Migration.
Her most recent work is an ongoing exploration of the enslavement, dehumanisation, and hyper-sexualisation of African female bodies through colonial and racial systems, global and forced migration, and identity politics.
Her work can currently be seen in Norway’s largest national exhibition of contemporary art, Høstutstillingen (the autumn exhibition), Østlandsutstillingen – a regional group exhibition – and “Babidi Mbapite” (Two is better than one), an installation in a public space in downtown Oslo.
Rafiki curated and participated as an artist in the group exhibition “Good Mourning” at the Intercultural Museum in Oslo.
In 2021, she traveled to Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she participated in workshops and lectures at Picha. The GAC of Asbl Dialogues hosted her work through a duo exhibition “Risk” with the visual artist Jean Katambayi.
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1) Walk around and enjoy the architecture in Aker Brygge, Oslo
2) Picnic at the Oslo Botanical Garden
3) Sitting down for a coffee or hanging out with friends at Curiocity in Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa.
4) Reading by the pool at a beautiful beachfront hotel in Sengambia, The Gambia
5) Hiking on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.
6) Creating in a beautiful environment in Picha, Lubumbashi, DRC
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