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'Lockdown' by Andrew Ogun

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I'm a 22 year old musician, poet, writer and creative director from Wales. Along with my personal pursuits, I am also one of the lead organisers for BLM Gwent. 

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Lockdown made me realise how much the external world influences my internal compass. It sounds pretty obvious but sometimes you're so convinced of the control that you have on your own life that you don't realise that it is all a facade. I don't necessarily think I have changed fundamentally but I've definitely had a few epiphanies and realisations throughout lockdown.

What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?

The BLM movement, no matter how much trauma is imbued in it, brought me an infinite amount of joy. There is a collective desire to improve our society which I have never experienced before. I've been able to connect with people who share the same morals and values with me which is invaluable. To put it succinctly, people's resilience has consistently put a smile on my face.

What is the story behind your hand art?

'Are You Sure We All Bleed The Same?' Came from a place of reflection over the last few months for me and also me reflecting on an idiom that has never really sat right with me. I think it's quite clear that we don't all bleed the same, history has shown us that we bleed very differently from each other, it's only the colour that's similar. The pain differs vastly between different people and I wanted to explore that notion.

'Face ID Not Recognised' is me coming to terms with a new sense of identity that is impeded by a mask. Our phones have become extensions of us and if our phones can't recognise us, can we recognise ourselves? Masks have become ubiquitous and people's choice of mask and whether they even wear one has interesting social implications which I wanted to touch upon in a succinct manner.

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