Warda Ahmed, What Would I Rather, 2021

Visual artist, teacher, and illustrator Warda Ahmed is an artist that lives and works in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Ahmed is currently working on a project funded by the Kone Foundation. Ahmed makes comics about her family’s migration stories. Ahmed writes and draws the stories that she thinks need to be recorded: stories about migration, parallel realities, Afro-European identity, the stories that are her heritage. In 2019, the comic anthology Sisaret1918, to which Ahmed also contributed, won the Comic Finlandia award.

The starting points of this work were related to relaxation and finding one’s own space. The picture has direct and indirect hints from which you can deduce the soundtrack of the illustration.