Wided Rihana Khadraoui
As an Algerian immigrant growing up in Washington, D.C., I’ve always been “the other”.
As a young kid, my mother would drag us into spaces all over town where nothing looked like us and nothing spoke to our story. Art was an early influencer, but never a mirror of me.
Those early years propelled me into activism starting with a masters in Comparative Politics from the LSE in London, U.K. After a commission to write a chapter in a book about MENA art, I felt the pull of art to galvanize culture, so I went back in for my second masters in Art and Cultural Enterprise from the University of the Arts London. My dissertation started with a snappy, “Are museums racist? Yes.” Needless to say, I left with my eyes on helping toss out the old narrative around artists of color and craft a new one through innovative tools, expanding exposure, commercial success and, my favourite, technology. Fostering diversity and inclusion in any creative field goes hand in hand with the innovative use of technology, so exploring those possibilities lives at the forefront of my mind day in and day out.
This is where Tazuri begins.