Midi Onodera

At night your reflection is the most dangerous

Growing up, my mom would cover my mirror every night. When I asked about it, she said it was tradition. However, one night she told me that mirrors were covered to prevent evil spirits from using our reflections to take over our bodies. That spirits used mirrors to travel to our world and that their powers were strongest at night. Afterward, I always made sure my mirror was covered. It is something that stuck with me into adulthood. – Christiana Ceesay

Christiana is an emerging artist, mainly making image and digital-based work. Her work is inspired by her experiences and her Sierra Leonean background. Christiana finds herself both asking and answering, “how did we get here?” and “where are we going?” in her work. She is working on a series about grief and reconnecting to one’s community, titled “From Shore to Shore: The Town That Promised me Freedom.” Last year she did a commissioned photo series for the organization Adornment Stories touching on mental health and blackness. As well she was in Culture Lab’s Festival, “Alice in CypherLand.” “At night your reflection is the most dangerous” is a collaboration between Christiana Ceesay and Midi Onodera.

Posted May 1, 2023