When I moved to Scotland 7 years ago I was truly amazed by broadly seen diversity. Diversity in architecture, fauna, flora, and of course people. In the town that I grew up, there are not many chances to experience any kind of cultural differences. I was really excited to get to know as many people coming from different countries as possible. To hear about the values they had been taught, experiences they had, family and national celebrations, places they went, stories they had to share. I learnt one common thing about them all – that all of our cultures, backgrounds, combinations of skills and experiences are so rich and waiting to be explored and admired.
In my work touching diversity subject I portrayed women and used three different quotes.
The first one is “What the world needs most is openness: open doors, open eyes, open minds, open hearts, open eyes, open souls.” By Robert Muller.
The girl in the image has blank eyes and her blindness can be interpreted in two ways: she is either an ignorant and a hater and needs to get her sight back to open to diversity OR she doesn’t see the differences in people in a bad way so doesn’t judge by any diverse features.
The second one: “A lot of different flowers make a bouquet” – Muslim Origin
I wanted to show the Diversity in Women all around the world and that they are all equally beautiful despite of their looks and backgrounds.
Finally the third image’s quote: “Everyone likes to be respected” by Nishtman, one of the ESOL students we had a chance to meet. In this poster I wanted to show that eyes are mirrors of the souls and basically nothing apart of them like nationality, religion etc. shouldn’t be relevant. Just the light, deepness and blink in the eye.
We are all unique in our own way. We have different accents, depending on where we have been, our skins and bodies look different inherited from our forefathers and all of it creates the people we are.
We should be seeing diversity as an opportunity to learn, embrace and admire. What Is different is beautiful.